Police issue description of holdup suspect

Fast-food store manager held up, beaten by 2 men

June 23, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A description of one of two fast-food bandits was issued yesterday by county police, hoping it would generate leads to solving a June 9 holdup and assault at Marley Station Mall.

The Boardwalk Fries manager was robbed at knifepoint and beaten in the closing-time incident, according to police.

Detectives developed a composite drawing through descriptions from people who may have seen the two men before the 9:30 p.m. robbery.

The victim, Francis Nyeswah, says he didn't see much of either man as they entered through the back door of his office. Nyeswah said he was under the desk, locking the safe, when the two men came up behind him and began pushing his head down.

"They were yelling, `Give us the money. Give us the money,'" said Nyeswah, who came to the United States from Liberia about nine months ago.

"At first, I thought it was someone playing with me," he said. "They were beating me. They didn't give me the chance to get up. I'm glad they didn't kill me."

Nyeswah said he was knocked unconscious briefly, and suffered bruises and a bloody nose. He said the robbers got several thousand dollars - more than the business normally has on the premises.

Detectives say the robbers were described by clerks in nearby businesses as black and in their late 20s to early 30s.

The man depicted in the sketch was described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and about 250 pounds, with a medium-brown complexion and wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

The other was a foot taller, with a dark complexion and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark baseball cap and shirt, and navy-blue sweat pants.

Detective Michael Regan, who used a computer program to develop the image, said witnesses could not provide sufficient detail to picture the taller man.

Robberies in the mall are uncommon, Regan said. "We haven't had any incidents like this at the mall recently."

Anyone with information was asked to call Regan at 410-222- 3473, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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