Series of carjackings leads to two arrests Two of the incidents involve same suspects

July 18, 1998|By Dail Willis and Del Quentin Wilber | Dail Willis and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A series of carjackings -- two of them apparently committed by the same suspects -- led yesterday to the arrest of two men, the search for two others and kept police busy in three jurisdictions.

At about 1: 15 Friday morning, three men with guns approached the truck driver delivering bread to a McDonald's in the 2100 block of York Road in Timonium, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

The trio tied up the driver and put him in the back of his truck. Armed with the guns, and using the driver's hand truck and a load of buns, the trio then tried to enter the restaurant, but employees wouldn't let them in.

The three then untied the deliveryman and forced him to drive to Greenside Drive, near Cockeysville, where they left him tied up and gagged in his truck.

The driver, whose name was not released by police, managed to free himself after about 45 minutes and called police, Toohey said.

By that time, however, the gunmen had resurfaced in the 1000 block of York Road, where they carjacked a second vehicle in front of a CVS pharmacy.

A woman in the passenger seat of the 1991 Ford was waiting for a friend who was inside the store, when a man with a gun got in the car, Toohey said. While the gunman was momentarily distracted by the friend leaving the store, the woman jumped out and ran to a pay phone, where she called 911.

The three men and the other woman, in the back seat, then drove south on York Road, Toohey said. Police tried to pull the car over near the city line, and two of the men fled, eluding dogs, helicopters and patrol officers.

The third man continued driving into the city with the woman, who was not identified by police. He drove to Jefferson Street and Milton Avenue, where he jumped out of the car. Officers from the Southeastern District chased him into a nearby alley and apprehended him, said Baltimore police spokeswoman Angelique Cook-Hayes.

The woman was not injured.

In the third incident, in Howard County, a Baltimore man was arrested yesterday in connection with an Ellicott City carjacking that left a Dayton woman with minor injuries.

Police said officers approached a man about 3 p.m. who claimed he had just been robbed in the parking lot of Chatham Mall on Baltimore National Pike.

During questioning by officers, the man fled toward a neighboring supermarket, police said. He then tried and failed to force a Dayton woman from her car, police said.

"We heard screaming when we rounded the corner," said Sgt. Ed Buckman, who pursued the man. "He had climbed into her car."

The woman, Kathy Bird, 52, was treated at Howard County General Hospital for minor cuts and scrapes and released.

"This absolutely makes you angry," said Bill Bird, the woman's husband.

The man fled across Baltimore National Pike and successfully forced another woman from her car, police said. He then drove at Cpl. Dave Trapani, who was chasing him.

L Trapani drew his gun but jumped out of the way, police said.

That victim, whom police did not identify, was not hurt.

The man then drove into Baltimore, where he abandoned the car.

Arrested in a house on Chapel Gate Avenue was Clarence Lee Coleman, 23, of the 500 block of W. Hoffman St. Charges were pending last night against him.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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