Shooting victim sees suspect in laundry, police say Man is accused of trying to rob bar in October

December 23, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Patricia Cloud had been back at work at the Amber Lounge less than a week after recovering from being shot during a robbery attempt in October when she stepped out of the bar, into a coin-operated laundry two doors down and saw the man she said shot her, doing his wash.

Cloud, a barmaid at the lounge in the 500 block of Eastern Blvd., told Baltimore County detectives that she went into the laundry Sunday to use the change machine and saw the man almost immediately.

According to arrest documents, she told police she and the man exchanged "a long look" in the laundry. Then the man came up behind her at the change machine, said, "Excuse me" -- and Cloud went outside and called police.

Officers arrived and arrested Hubert James Williams, 46, of the 1700 block of Old Eastern Ave., charging him with two counts of attempted murder and one of attempted robbery.

Cloud told police that Williams, 46, was the man who entered the Amber Lounge at 1: 30 a.m. Oct. 25, pointed a gun at her as she worked behind the bar and demanded money.

Cloud screamed and the gunman fired, hitting her in the chest, and then ran out the front door. As he left, he encountered James Wardwell, a customer who had taken out the trash for Cloud. The gunman shot Wardwell also, striking him in the shoulder, and then ran away.

No money was taken during the robbery attempt, police said.

Wardwell and Cloud were taken to area hospitals, and Cloud spent a week at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to police.

Cloud told police that she recognized Williams' voice and face, according to charging documents.

"Ms. Cloud positively identified Mr. Williams as being the person responsible for shooting her Oct. 25," the documents said. "Mr. Williams emphatically denied any involvement in this offense."

Williams was being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center last night.

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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