Abingdon man accused of robbing store to pay rent

December 11, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The rent was paid, but the apartment may be vacant for a while.

Police say an Abingdon man robbed a Rite Aid store yesterday, used the money to pay his rent and then barricaded himself in his apartment.

The incident began at about 1: 15 p.m. when the man allegedly walked into the Constant Friendship Shopping Center drugstore on Emmorton Road and pulled out a handgun.

The gunman fled on foot with several hundred dollars in cash and money orders, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Hopkins said the man ran to the Woodsdale Apartment Complex a half-mile away, paid his rent at the office and returned to his apartment.

"Deputies canvassing the area discovered that a man matching the suspect's description was seen paying at the management office," Hopkins said. "Deputies surrounded the apartment, but the man refused to come out or communicate with the officers."

Hopkins said tenants in the building were not home at the time, and nearby residents were asked to stay indoors. The man surrendered shortly before 4 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident, Hopkins said.

He said that the stolen cash and money orders were returned to Rite Aid and that deputies were seeking a search warrant to enter the man's apartment to look for the gun used in the robbery.

Charged with robbery and held at the county Detention Center pending a bail hearing is Ronald Tapp, 33, of the 100 block of Walden Road.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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