Two plainclothes officers see robbery, chase, catch suspect Pair were taking break at fast-food restaurant

August 13, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two plainclothes police officers taking a break at a Northwest Baltimore fast-food restaurant witnessed an armed robbery there yesterday, chased a man and caught him.

Officer Terry Hipkins of the Northwestern District major crimes unit said he and Officer Tony Lansey were drinking sodas in the Burger King in the 6600 block of Reisterstown Road about 3: 30 p.m. when a female employee yelled out, "We're being robbed!"

Hipkins said he and Lansey turned and saw a man run from the restaurant. He said the man had what appeared to be a handgun in one hand and money from the cash register in the other.

The officers chased the man on foot for about three blocks and captured him in an alley, Hipkins said.

During the chase, Hipkins said, the man dropped a chrome-plated replica of a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun. He said money believed taken in the robbery was recovered from the man.

Hipkins said a series of armed robberies have occurred in Northwest Baltimore over the past two months.

He said Mark A. Womack, 29, of the 6500 block of Park Heights Ave., was charged with armed robbery and a handgun violation, and was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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