Men turn tables on Towson robber with a toy gun

January 27, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A man wearing a ski mask and carrying a toy pistol didn't get what he expected when he entered the Towson Shell station and confronted Michael Z. McCarthy: Instead of money, he got assorted minor hurts in a free-for-all that spilled out of the station into the parking lot -- and ended with an arrest, police said.

McCarthy, 19, of the 8900 block of Mount Patapsco Court in Ellicott City and his roommate, 20-year-old Hyoun T. Kim, entered the station about 2 a.m. yesterday, according to a police report.

As McCarthy paid for his purchases, a man in a ski mask entered the station in the 600 block of York Road, pointed a gun at him and said, "Give me your wallet," according to the report.

McCarthy asked the man to repeat his request, then he and Kim tackled the man, the report said. They took away the gun, which police determined was a toy, and wrestled with the masked man in the Shell station. They "erupted into battle," according to another customer in the store, Patricia Skidmore, who took cover behind a counter.

The store clerk did not see the fight begin, police said. But when the clerk, identified as Enock Maravanyika, turned from the register and saw the fight, he told the combatants to "take it outside," according to the report. At the urging of Skidmore, he called 911.

Officers arrested Steven Adam Hefter, 19, of the 200 block of Cedarmere Circle, Owings Mills. Hefter was charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery, said Sgt. Kevin Novak, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Hefter suffered minor injuries in the struggle, Novak said, and was treated at St. Joseph Medical Center and released.

Hefter remained yesterday in the Baltimore County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond, Novak said.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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