Armored truck robbed

officer shoots suspect

September 03, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A man was shot and wounded yesterday morning when he tried to rob a Dunbar Armored truck as it picked up cash from an Owings Mills bank, Baltimore County police said.

The man, whose identity was not released by police because charges had not been filed last night, grabbed a bag of cash as Thomas Patrick McCurdy, 58, loaded money bags into the truck about 9: 15 a.m., said police spokesman Bill Toohey. The man ran toward woods behind the Regal Savings Bank in the 10000 block of Reisterstown Road, and McCurdy ran after him and shot him, police said.

An employee of a seafood restaurant who was going to work heard the shots and then heard a man moaning for help.

Hearing the moaning, John Elliott ran toward the woods, where he saw a man lying on the ground, a money bag nearby, and a man in uniform pointing a gun at the injured man.

"The man kept saying, `I was just trying to pay my rent,' " Elliott said. Elliott, who said he worked as an emergency medical technician in Texas before moving back to Maryland early this summer, began to treat the man.

He saw one wound, he said, where a bullet had entered the man's back near his ribs and passed into his chest.

The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Toohey said.

The amount in the bag was not disclosed.

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