Police seek two men in hostage-taking, robbery of city check-cashing company Gunmen tied up mother, daughter in apartment

November 03, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Police were seeking two men last night who they said held a woman and her teen-age daughter hostage overnight and then robbed the check-cashing firm where the mother works.

Police said the incident began about 6 p.m. Thursday when two gunmen wearing black ski masks and dark clothing knocked on the door of the woman's first-floor apartment in the 1700 block of St. Paul St. They forced their way in when the daughter, an 18-year-old high school student, opened the door, police said.

The girl's mother arrived home about 30 minutes later, and both women were handcuffed and gagged with duct tape, police said.

They were placed in a bedroom, ordered to be quiet and told not to try to escape during the night, police said.

Police said that the women were not assaulted by the men, who took turns sleeping and checking on them.

When a friend of the mother's arrived about 7: 30 a.m. Friday to take the daughter to school, the men handcuffed and gagged him with duct tape and placed him in a bedroom closet with the daughter, police said.

Police said the men then removed the mother's handcuffs and gag and waited until about 9 a.m. Friday before leaving in the friend's Pontiac and driving to America's Cash Express Store in the first block of E. North Ave., where she worked.

They told her to remove money from a safe, place it in an alley near the check-cashing firm and return inside, police said.

After placing an undisclosed sum in the alley, the woman told police she went back inside as ordered, and the robbers drove away in the Pontiac. Police said the car has not been found.

The woman reported the incident from the store. When police entered her apartment minutes later they found the daughter and the friend unharmed.

Police described the missing car as a gold 1999 Pontiac Grand Am with Maryland license FHS 250.

Anyone with information is asked to call the city police Robbery Unit at 410-396-2636.

Pub Date: 11/03/98

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