Columbia woman, 63, robbed of cash, jewelry

Police suspect victim was followed from bank

March 12, 2000

Howard County police are looking for a man who they said followed a 63-year-old woman from her bank to her home in Riverside Estates and robbed her at gunpoint of money and thousands of dollars in gold jewelry.

On Feb. 22, the woman took the jewelry and money out of her safety deposit box at First Union Bank in the 8800 block of Centre Park Drive in Columbia. When she arrived at her home in the 6900 block of Newberry Drive about 11: 15 a.m., a man attacked her and demanded the bag she was carrying with the jewelry and money inside, police said.

He fired one shot at her with a semiautomatic handgun before grabbing the bag, police said. The woman was not hit, but the bullet lodged in the side of her house.

Police described the gunman as a black man age 20 to 30, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet-2. He weighed about 200 pounds and had a heavy build. He was clean-shaven and wore a green overalls work uniform and brown work boots. He was seen leaving the neighborhood in a white van with green lettering or markings on the doors.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the gunman.

Anyone with information should call Detective Donald J. Guevara at 410-313-3327 or 410-313-2220.

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