Holiday police patrol results in arrest of 2 men Suspects are accused of robbing restaurant in Ellicott City Monday

December 24, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Howard County police officer on a special holiday patrol arrested two men after a robbery at an Ellicott City pizza restaurant earlier this week.

According to police reports, Cpl. David Suggs drove behind the Papa John's restaurant about 9: 30 Monday night while making a routine check on the business in the 8500 block of U.S. 40.

As he parked the unmarked cruiser, Suggs saw two men run from the shop and get into a car, police said.

Suggs followed the car, a Saturn, but, when he turned on his flashing light to make the car pull over, it sped off, heading west on U.S. 40, then south on U.S. 29, according to police.

Police said the two-mile chase -- which reached speeds of 70 mph -- ended in the 8700 block of Cedar Post when the car's two occupants got out.

Suggs and backup officer James Marshall, who arrived with a police dog, tracked down two men and placed them under arrest, police said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller said the arrests can be attributed to the holiday patrols.

The patrols were designed to prevent the type of crimes that occurred at the pizza restaurant, said Keller.

"Certainly, you hope it works to deter the robbery," he said. "This is an example of what can also be the outcome."

Charged with robbery and assault are Reynard Lamans Lockett, 28, of the first block of Charleswood Court in Baltimore, and Dana Dell Polk, 30, of the 2000 block of N. Longwood St. in Baltimore.

Polk is being held on $100,000 bail and Locket on $150,000 bail at the Howard County Detention Center.

Both are scheduled for a bail review hearing today.

Police said $275 that was reported stolen from Papa John's was recovered.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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