Randallstown man, Finksburg woman charged in armed robbery of Pizza Hut

January 16, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Finksburg woman and a Randallstown man were being held at Carroll County Detention Center yesterday after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery late Wednesday in Eldersburg.

State police said a man with a pistol went into a Pizza Hut in the 1800 block of Liberty Road about 10 p.m. and demanded money from the register.

After being handed an undisclosed amount, the man ordered employees to the floor and fired a shot from a .25-caliber pistol into a counter near a worker before fleeing.

No one was injured, police said.

Troopers, who flooded the area searching for the robber, alerted employees at convenience stores that were open in South Carroll, said Detective Sgt. Bruce Smith, a state police spokesman.

A short time later, Smith said, a call came from a 7-Eleven store in Eldersburg.

Employees said a man matching the description police had given them was in the store.

Troopers arriving at the 7-Eleven got a description of the man's vehicle and stopped it about 12: 30 a.m. yesterday on Liberty Road near Lyons Mill Road in Baltimore County.

Tarvarus O'Mar Plante, 20, of the 9700 block of Eustice Road in Randallstown and Deborah Lynn Ecker, 39, of the 2300 block of Sandymount Road in Finksburg were taken into custody.

Court records show Plante was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, robbery, theft under $300, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and related charges.

He was held without bail after requesting that a bail review hearing yesterday be postponed.

Plante could be sentenced to life in prison, if convicted of attempted murder, according to court documents.

Ecker was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, concealing a dangerous and deadly weapon, theft under $300 and related charges.

Charging documents said Ecker told police she had picked up Plante 45 minutes before the vehicle was stopped. She ended the interrogation after realizing she would be charged with robbery, the documents said.

Ecker was held on $25,000 bail pending a bail review hearing today.

Court records show that Ecker also was served with an outstanding warrant, alleging she had passed three bad checks at an area grocery store between June 13 and June 17.

An unsecured bond of $500 was set in that case.

Smith said the pair are not suspects in several other recent armed robberies in the South Carroll area.

A knife-wielding bandit wanted in connection with robberies at a Little George's in Sykesville on Jan. 3, at a 7-Eleven in Woodbine on Jan. 8 and at a High's store in Eldersburg on Monday is still at large, Smith said.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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