Deputy's peaceful life? Not this time

First, an attacker wielding a phone, then the arrest of 2 burglary suspects

June 02, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County sheriff's deputy experienced rare moments of action in back-to-back road patrol shifts, arresting two burglary suspects a little more than a day after fending off an elderly telephone-wielding Finksburg woman.

Deputy 1st Class Royce Ruby laughed about the incidents yesterday during an impromptu news conference at which more than $4,400 worth of equipment reported stolen from a Westminster lawn and garden center was displayed.

Ruby has spent 5 1/2 years with the sheriff's department, the past six months as a road patrol deputy.

Ruby, 29, made two arrests and reported recovering the stolen equipment early Saturday after stopping a speeding car on Route 30 north of Manchester.

Thursday afternoon, he had gone to serve an emergency evaluation petition on a 48-year-old Finksburg man when the man became combative. The man's mother defended her son, slamming Ruby's head twice with a phone as he wrestled with the man.

A more typical day for a sheriff's deputy involves serving court papers peacefully.

Sunday, Ruby said, he was working a Memorial Day detail, thanks to a state and county health department grant program that puts extra deputies on patrol to concentrate on drunken driving, speed enforcement and seat-belt and child-safety violations.

Ruby was driving south on Route 30 at 12: 15 a.m., operating radar in a 40-mph zone when a northbound Chevrolet Lumina passed him at 60 mph. The deputy made a U-turn and saw the Chevrolet pull into the parking lot of a liquor store on Traceys Mill Road.

"I saw the car's headlights turned off, as if the driver wanted to duck me, but I pulled right up and could see two men in the car," Ruby said.

The driver twice got out of the car, but Ruby ordered him back into the car, giving backup officers more time to arrive.

"The driver appeared very nervous when I approached the vehicle, and I immediately noticed three new leaf blowers in the back seat," said Ruby.

The 10 items displayed at yesterday's news conference included three leaf blowers, two hedge clippers, a generator, a concrete saw, and three chain saws that the sheriff's office said were recovered from the Lumina's trunk. All but two chain saws had price tags from Finch's Services in the 1100 block of Littlestown Pike in Westminster.

Two of the chain saws were reported stolen from a business in West Manheim Township in York County, Pa., Ruby said.

Arrested on charges of burglary and theft over $300 were Jerry Ray Furr, 44, of Dundalk and Gary Lee Richmond, 34, of New Freedom, Pa.

Furr was also charged with providing a false name to a police officer and was ordered held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Richmond was being held in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Ruby went to work as a correctional officer after obtaining a degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland and serving as a military police officer.

He earned the rank of corporal at the Carroll County Detention Center but accepted a demotion in rank last year so that he could attend police training academy.

"Deputy Ruby finished first in his training class," said Lt. Charles Paulsen, patrol supervisor for the Carroll County sheriff's office, who was eager to credit the deputy for last week's efforts.

Ruby said he finished in a tie for first with a Division of Correction detective.

In the earlier incident, Ruby went to the 2400 block of Sandymount Road to serve the emergency petition at 3: 53 p.m. Thursday.

"I wasn't surprised when the man began to struggle," Ruby said yesterday. "I wanted to get him in control and had him down on the floor, ready to put handcuffs on him, when the lady slammed the telephone against the side of my head."

Ruby said he shoved the woman away.

"At that point, the guy got up and ran into another room," Ruby said. "I had information there were guns in the house, and that's when I ran for cover outside and called for backup."

Col. Robert Keefer, the sheriff's chief deputy, was able to contact the man by phone and persuade him to calm down and surrender, which he did about 45 minutes later.

Ruby suffered a swollen eye but otherwise was uninjured.

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