Suspect arrested in robbery of Elkridge couple last week FBI, Baltimore police searching for 2nd man, a neighbor of suspect

December 17, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A suspect in last week's robbery of an Elkridge couple at their home was arrested yesterday morning in Baltimore.

Daniel Lamont Johnson, 31, was charged with attempted murder, robbery, first-degree sex offenses and false imprisonment. He was arrested without incident about 2: 30 a.m. at his home in the 300 block of Ilchester Ave. in Baltimore.

Johnson, who is being held in the Howard County Detention Center, was denied bail yesterday by a court commissioner. He is scheduled to appear for a bail review hearing today before a Howard County District Court judge.

According to FBI and police sources, the break in the case came when Baltimore police pulled over a man driving the victims' car, setting off a chain of events that led to the suspect.

"Everyone put in a tremendous amount of hours to apprehend the suspect," said Sgt. Steven E. Keller, spokesman for Howard County police. "We don't see a lot of these crimes in Howard County."

According to court documents charging the suspect and detailing the events leading to the arrest, the crime occurred about 8 p.m. Thursday when the Elkridge couple arrived home and were confronted by two men, one wielding a shotgun, who forced them to the floor, handcuffed them and bound their feet with duct tape.

The robbers ordered the male victim, a manager at the Homewood Branch of NationsBank in Baltimore, to return to that bank and open the safe. The victim convinced the men that he would be unable to open it.

About 9: 15 p.m., the victim's wife was dragged upstairs by one of the men, where he sexually assaulted her, court records show.

At midnight, one of the men entered the basement and allegedly set a tire on fire with gasoline. The robbers fled shortly afterward, stealing bank cards and forcing the victims to divulge their PINs, the documents stated.

The robbers took both of the victims' cars: a 1996 Chrysler Sebring convertible and a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup. At 12: 35 a.m. Friday, two men used a bank card of one of the victims at an automated teller machine on South Greene Street in Baltimore.

One of the men photographed by the machine's video camera matched the description given by the female victim of the man who attacked her, according to court records.

On Friday afternoon, Baltimore police pulled over the stolen Chrysler and arrested the man driving it. That man told police he had been given the car by a 15-year-old neighbor.

On Monday, Detective Glen Case of the Howard County police interviewed the boy, who said he had been given the car by a friend of his mother, police said.

Case interviewed the mother,who identified one of the men in the ATM photo as her husband and the other as a neighbor. Police identified the man they arrested as the neighbor, and said they are looking for the other man.

The FBI and U.S. attorney's office are considering federal charges in the case since the two men intended to rob the bank, according to Joseph M. O'Hara, an FBI supervisory special agent in charge of violent crimes squad in Baltimore.

"Their ultimate goal was to rob that bank," O'Hara said. "We can't help that they failed."

NationsBank has offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and indictment of other suspects in the case.

On Monday night, another home-invasion robbery occurred in Long Reach. No arrests have been made in that case, police said.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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