Man arrested in car stolen from Elkridge Gunmen entered home, assaulted, robbed couple

December 13, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police arrested yesterday a man who was driving a stolen car belonging to an Elkridge couple who told police they were assaulted and robbed when they arrived home Thursday night.

Howard police spokesman Sgt. Steven Keller said the man was stopped in the 2400 block of Barclay St. in Baltimore about 3 p.m. He was driving a 1996 Chrysler Sebring convertible.

Police were unable to say whether the man arrested was one of the two men wanted in the robbery and assault. Police have obtained photographs of the suspects from an automated teller machine in Baltimore, where they allegedly tried to use the couple's ATM cards.

According to police reports, the couple, both 25, were accosted by two armed men about 8 p.m. as they entered their home in the 6600 block of Huntshire Drive.

The couple told police that the men had forced their way into the house and were waiting for them when they got home.

Police said the men bound the couple and demanded that the man take them to the bank where he worked so that they could break into the bank's safe.

"This was not a home invasion as we're used to thinking about it," said Keller. "We have every indication that this was planned and that the men knew that the male resident was an employee of a bank."

Keller said the man was able to convince the robbers that he couldn't get into the bank.

The woman was sexually assaulted by one or both of the robbers, who set a tire on fire in the basement of the house before stealing cash, credit cards and two vehicles, police said.

Police are looking for the second stolen vehicle, a 1994 Ford Ranger truck, Maryland license tags 56C872.

Pub Date: 12/13/97

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