3 rob arcade at mall, beat store clerk

January 07, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

Three men wearing ski masks walked into an arcade at Annapolis Mall early Tuesday, demanded money and beat the store clerk, county police said.

The clerk, a 55-year-old Edgewater woman, had arrived at Tilt Arcade at 5: 30 a.m. to ready the store, which opens at 10 a.m., for business, police said. A security guard had let her into the mall and escorted her to the arcade.

Shortly after, three men, one carrying a gun, came into the arcade and told the clerk to open the safe, police said. When at first she refused, they beat her, cutting and bruising her head and upper body.

The assailants tied her up in the back office before stealing money from the safe and change machine and leaving, police said.

The woman freed herself and called for help. Police spokeswoman Carol Frye said investigating officers believe opening the store so early might have been part of the woman's daily routine. They are investigating how the three men got into the mall, which was locked, and how they knew the clerk would be there, she said.

The woman was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.

County police arrested a Pasadena man Monday evening, charging that he shot at an acquaintance with a stolen gun near Freetown Village.

Jerard Levi Kane, 30, of the 7000 block of Tick Neck Road, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, carrying a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and possession of stolen property, police said.

A resident of Freetown Village called police about 6: 30 p.m. after hearing shots fired. Officers arrived to see a 17-year-old Glen Burnie youth running down the street holding something to his stomach, police said.

The officers, Joseph Dubiel and Dan Johnson, chased the youth to a stairwell in the 7000 block of Shirley Murphy Court, where they found him trying to hide a handgun, police said. He later told police he got the gun after he saw a man matching Kane's description shoot at his uncle.

Police said they don't know the motive for the shooting.

A short while later, Johnson saw Kane at Freetown Playground, questioned him and found a .357-caliber Magnum nearby, police said. Kane admitted later that the gun, which was reported stolen in Baltimore County in 1992, belonged to him, police said.

Kane and the youth were taken to Northern District police station. The youth was also charged with carrying a deadly weapon.

County police arrested a Pasadena woman Monday on charges that she fraudulently ordered and picked up painkillers from the Giant Pharmacy on Solomon's Island Road in Edgewater.

Jennifer Lee Price, 33, of the 700 block of Powhatan Road was charged with one count of obtaining drugs by fraud, police said.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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