Man, 26, charged with trying to hit officer with car after robbery attempt

January 09, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

County police arrested a Glen Burnie man early yesterday and charged him with trying to run down a police officer with his car after a botched robbery attempt.

Christopher Jason Wagner, 26, of the 200 block of Wood Oak Court was charged with assault with intent to murder, burglary and theft.

Officer Paul Conner pulled in to the A-OK Auto Sales parking lot in the 400 block of Crain Highway just after 1 a.m. to check on a report that someone was trying to steal a car there, police said. As the officer examined the building, which he saw had been broken into, a neighbor told him a man was hiding behind a truck rental business across the street, police said.

When Conner checked the business, he found a man in a car and approached him. The man suddenly drove toward the officer. Conner jumped out of the way, firing a shot at the car as he fell to the ground. The bullet lodged in the car, police said.

Conner called for backup, and police chased the man south on Crain Highway to Elvaton Road and onto Hospital Drive, where the car ran off the road, police said. The driver ran toward Crain Highway, where they lost sight of him, police said.

A police dog found the man hiding in a shed in the 1800 block of Crain Highway.

Two men, one carrying a pistol, robbed a Glen Burnie teen-ager shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The youth, 17, was walking on Nolpark Court near Nolpark Road when the two approached him demanding money, the youth told police. One of the robbers showed the youth a pistol, and the youth emptied his pockets. When the robber began waving the pistol, the teen-ager ran, police said.

As he was running away, he heard shots, but he was not injured.

Police found two shell casings nearby.

Two men assaulted and robbed a Severn man early Wednesday, county police said.

Gerald Micheal Johnson, 23, was standing at Arwell Court and Pioneer Drive when the men approached him, demanding money and pulling at his clothing, he told police. When Johnson tried to resist, the robbers knocked him to the ground and began kicking him, cutting his forehead, police said.

The robbers took an unknown amount of money from Johnson's pocket, then ran away.

Johnson was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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