3 charged in series of armed robberies Teen-age suspects accused of returning to Balto. County stores

August 11, 1998|By Jamie Smith | Jamie Smith,SUN STAFF

Three men have been arrested and charged in a series of armed robberies in which several Baltimore County stores were hit twice -- a tactic that backfired when a repeat visit to the Original Maria's Carryout and Lounge in Parkville last week left one robber injured, police said.

Police said Alton Dee Williams, 17, of the 1200 block of Cloverdale Road in Baltimore was charged in seven armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery from June 25 to Aug. 3. The stores range from Loch Raven Liquors in the 1700 block of Yakona Road to Village Sub Shop in the 4300 block of Ebenezer Road.

Williams is charged as an adult in the robberies.

In several of the robberies, police said, two other men were involved.

Police said Juan D. Diamond, 19, of the 2400 block of Eutaw Place in Baltimore was charged with one count each of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

James M. Englar, 17, of the 2600 block of Putty Hill Ave. in Parkville was charged as an adult with three counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, police said.

Three robbers returned to Maria's in the 1800 block of Taylor Ave. on Aug. 3 -- three days after the restaurant was first robbed. Just before 10 p.m., police said, two men walked into the restaurant while another waited outside in a car. Police said one man walked up to the counter, pointed a gun at Nicholas J. Maniatis, one of the the owners, and said "Remember me?"

Maniatis and his father, James N. Maniatis, each grabbed a gun and fired at the robbers, according to police. One robber was hit in the knee, and they fled in the waiting car, police said.

The suspects were arrested at their homes Saturday and were being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

County police spokesman Bill Toohey said it is not unusual for robbers to return to the scene of a crime. "Sometimes robbers do that, oddly enough, and it increases the chances that they will get caught," he said.

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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