Suspect in pizza shop holdup commits suicide with shoelaces Police had warrant to arrest Annapolis man

August 04, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Annapolis police found the body of the third suspect in an Edgewater pizza shop holdup hanging from a stair railing on Forest Drive early yesterday, apparently strangled by his shoelaces.

An employee of Calvert Trash Co. in the 900 block of Forest Drive found the body of Dewayne Wilson, 33, of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. in Annapolis about 6: 30 a.m., city police said. The building is a few blocks from Wilson's home.

The state medical examiner declared Wilson's death a suicide.

Anne Arundel police had a warrant for Wilson's arrest in the robbery of the Ledo Pizza shop in the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road in Edgewater late Sunday.

County police said two men, one brandishing a shotgun and one wearing a bandanna across his face, burst into the pizza shop office, where the manager was reviewing the books, about 11: 30 p.m. They ordered the manager to open the safe, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

As the manager was dialing 911, he said, he saw a white Chevrolet Lumina pass the restaurant and run a red light at Solomons Island and Mayo roads. He gave the information to the dispatcher, who broadcast it.

One officer spotted the car heading north on Route 2 and chased it. Other officers tried unsuccessfully to stop it as it crossed the South River into Annapolis. The car turned into the Toys R Us parking lot on West Street across from Annapolis Mall and slowed.

The driver jumped out and ran into woods while two other men stayed in the car and were arrested, police said.

Police said the men, identified as Ferman Ricky Nichols, 41, of the 5400 block of Elmira Ave. and Carl F. Colbert, 37, of the 2400 block of Kent Village Place, both in Landover, confessed to the Ledo robbery and said Wilson had planned the robbery and provided the weapon.

Nichols and Colbert were charged with theft over $300, police said.

Pub Date: 8/04/98

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