FBI charges 3 Virginia men with robbery

August 29, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three Northern Virginia men face federal robbery charges after FBI agents arrested them outside the home of a prosperous Lutherville restaurant owner.

The agency alleges in charging documents that the three were preparing to break into the large brick house off Seminary Avenue.

The target, according to the FBI, was the home of James Han, owner of Ming's Chinese restaurant in the 2100 block of York Road, in the Timonium Shopping Center. The suspects were arrested Thursday night.

Han declined to be interviewed about the incident last night.

Agents said they recovered a semiautomatic pistol, duct tape, handcuffs, tools, walkie-talkies and police radio scanners from the men, identified as Yuem Ming Chan, 37, also known as Austin Chan; Edward Jin Ray, 25; and Daniel Lee Dean, 23.

Investigators said Dean was dressed as a postal worker, although he does not work for the post office.

The three were held last night at the Baltimore City Detention Center, each facing charges of violating the Hobbs Act by using interstate highways to commit robbery, Peter Gulotta, an FBI spokesman in Baltimore, said.

The men will be held in Maryland until they are moved to Alexandria, Va., where the FBI says the conspiracy was developed.

Pub Date: 8/29/99

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