FBI arrests 2 suspects in shooting

Men sought in robbery of pizza deliverers found in Charlotte

January 17, 1999|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Two men sought in the New Year's Day pizza-driver shooting and robbery at a Columbia apartment complex were arrested yesterday by FBI agents in North Carolina.

Pursuing a tip to the Baltimore area's FBI office and Howard County police, the federal agency's Charlotte Fugitive Task Force arrested the two suspects at a residence there at 4: 20 p.m. yesterday, said Special Agent Peter A. Gulotta, an FBI spokesman in Baltimore.

Two employees of Papa John's Pizza in the Harper's Choice Village Center were robbed and one was shot after being sent to the Harpers Forest apartment complex Jan. 1 to deliver an $81.05 order that was placed from a pay phone, according to county police.

The shooting and robbery was the first of several armed robberies in Columbia the past two weeks.

The shooting victim, Martha Lunsford, 30, and a male co-worker arrived at the apartment complex in separate cars and were ambushed by two men who forced them into a laundry room. They were each robbed of about $20, police said.

The two employees were led to a parking lot, where their assailants tried to abduct them in one of the victims' cars.

Lunsford began to run -- and was shot in the jaw by one of the robbers, police said. She was hospitalized for about a week.

Two suspects arrested yesterday -- Baltimore residents Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimin, 20, of the 3200 block of Avon Ave. and Charles Albert Mosley Jr., 19, of the 500 block of E. 26th St. -- were charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses in warrants issued about a week after the incident, according to county police Sgt. Morris Carroll.

Abdul-Muhaimin faces 19 charges, and Mosley faces 26 -- including first-degree assault, attempted carjacking, armed robbery, kidnapping and handgun violations.

The two men were held in Charlotte on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, Gulotta said, and were awaiting an extradition hearing.

In the other Columbia robberies, two Pizza Boli deliverymen were sent on apparently bogus deliveries in separate incidents about an hour apart Jan. 9 -- the first a robbery attempt near Owen Brown, the other a holdup at gunpoint in Oakland Mills.

On Monday, two robbers attempted to hold up a gasoline station cashier in Oakland Mills but fled without money.

On Tuesday, two masked men armed with an assault rifle and a shotgun ordered employees and shoppers to the floor of a Columbia Giant Food store in the Wilde Lake Village Center before closing, ransacked the office and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Pub Date: 1/17/99

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