Former employee accused in robbery

$4,000 was taken from moving company

August 20, 1999|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

One night last month, Dexter D. Hunter was sitting at his desk at work when two men entered the business and demanded money.

At first, Hunter thought it was a joke. He says he immediately recognized one of the robbers -- who was wearing a homemade mask, a T-shirt and shorts that showed off skinny legs -- as a former employee.

"What are you doing?" Hunter said he asked the robber.

Clarence E. Cherry, 27, of Baltimore was indicted yesterday by a Howard County grand jury on charges of armed robbery, robbery, assault and theft in the holdup July 24 of Magic Movers in Jessup. Police said they are looking for an accomplice.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Friday's Howard County edition of The Sun incorrectly reported that Clarence E. Cherry, 27, of Baltimore had been released from custody. He was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. The Sun regrets the errors.

Charging documents, Hunter and another witness report that the suspect was a man who had worked at Magic Movers for more than a year. Cherry had quit his job as a foreman and truck driver with Magic Movers about a month before the robbery, Hunter said.

About 8: 25 p.m. July 24, Hunter, a senior salesman, and Hassan T. Boussi, company president, were working late -- summer is the busiest time of year for movers, Hunter said.

The pair were in the middle of a conversation when two men entered the business. One of the men was holding a gun. The gunman was also wearing a cut-out wool hat that was pulled over his face, police said. But the disguise didn't help much.

"You could clearly see some of his facial features," Hunter said.

Boussi also recognized the gunman.

"I knew it right away," Boussi said. "When you are around the person for such a long time, you can just tell."

`Have a nice day'

The other man was also wearing a T-shirt and shorts and asked, "Where's the money?" according to police.

After a minute or so, Boussi handed over a roll of cash to the other robber and recalls saying, "Take it and have a nice day."

That robber tied Boussi's hands behind his back with plastic straps and demanded more money. Boussi handed over another roll of money. The rolls totaled about $4,000, police said.

Robbers trip alarm

The accomplice led Boussi into a bathroom and closed the door, Boussi said.

The gunman took Hunter into another room, and the robbers then left the building, setting off an alarm.

"I went outside then and saw them running away," Boussi said.

Cherry was arrested Aug. 6, charged and released on bond. He could not be reached yesterday.

"I'm not a bad guy myself," Boussi said. "I would never rob a place, especially one I worked for. It was double dumb."

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