Westminster man arrested on armed robbery charges

Robber displayed knife at Citgo station holdup


A Westminster man was held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center after he was arrested on armed robbery charges early Friday, according to court records.

Michael P. Manner, 30, is scheduled for a bail review hearing in District Court tomorrow.

In charging documents, state police said a stocky man wearing black clothing and a black sock cap walked into the Citgo station in the Westminster Shopping Center at 4: 04 a.m.

The man approached the cashier, handing him a note reading, "Give me all the money NOW," police said.

The cashier told troopers the man displayed a long-bladed knife after being asked, "What are you going to do if I don't?"

The robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money after grabbing seven packs of cigarettes, state police said. He dropped two packs as he ran east between Route 140 and a mattress store.

State police said a man fitting the robber's description was found by Westminster officers as he walked along the railroad tracks near Railroad Avenue and was arrested at 4: 15 a.m.

The suspect was taken to the Citgo station, where the cashier said he was the man who had robbed him, police said.

He was charged with robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon, two counts of theft under $300, first- and second-degree assault, and carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon, court records show.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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