Police arrest man after glow of shoes shows hiding place


Anne Arundel County police thought they had lost a drug suspect they were chasing through Brooklyn Park Friday until they spotted the light from his glow-in-the-dark tennis shoes in the shrubbery of a house on 11th Avenue.

Police charged Roland F. Gross, 22, of the 8100 block of Herold Court, Glen Burnie, with possession of heroin and marijuana.

Officers from the Northern District tactical patrol unit had flooded Brooklyn Park Friday night in an effort to head off drug crime when they saw a man making suspected drug deals in front of the Park Plaza Motel in the 4900 block of Ritchie Highway.

When police approached, he ran into the residential area behind the motel and disappeared. But officers chasing him spotted the glow in the bushes, arrested the man and seized $1,448.

Two would-be bandits trying to rob a Pasadena gas station early Saturday fled empty-handed when a customer pulled onto the lot as they were ordering the clerk to open the cash drawer, county police said.

Police said the men, one brandishing a small-caliber handgun, burst into Boyer's Amoco Station in the 7400 block of Fort Smallwood Road about 5 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk.

As the clerk reached for the money, a customer pulled onto the lot and the men, who were wearing dark-colored hooded sweat shirts and ski masks, fled.

Pub Date: 7/21/98

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