Man shot during robbery attempt sought in several other incidents

January 28, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man who was shot in the face during the attempted armed robbery of a Highlandtown bar late last month is suspected of robbing several other Southeast Baltimore taverns and a convenience store, police said.

Detective Janet Greaves said the man, who was armed with a knife, was shot in the face with a .38-caliber revolver loaded with birdshot when he tried to rob Bob Cummings Tavern in the 100 block of S. East Ave. on Dec. 20.

"When he reached over the counter to grab money out of the cash register, the barmaid retrieved the handgun from under the bar and shot him in the face from about two feet," said Greaves, who is assigned to the robbery unit.

Greaves said a videotape of the incident shows the man falling backward and pressing his hands to his face before turning and running from the bar.

After the shooting, a check of area hospitals failed to turn up anyone who had sought treatment for pellet wounds to the face, Greaves said.

She said the barmaid recognized the robber as the man who had robbed the bar of an undisclosed sum of money Nov. 4.

The robber was described as in his late teens or early 20s, very thin and wearing baggy pants.

Greaves said anyone with information should call 410-396-2636.

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