Three men face charges in Silver Spring robbery

Suspects injured when car crashes in Howard

January 05, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three suspects in an armed robbery were injured yesterday when their car struck a telephone pole near Clarksville during a Montgomery County police chase that spilled into Howard County, police said.

The single-vehicle accident occurred about 2 a.m. on eastbound Route 108 at Prestwick Drive. Howard police said the vehicle's driver, Dale Eugene Simpson, 42, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore along with his two passengers, Alan Richardson, 29, and Charles Hawkins, 36.

Howard County police listed Hawkins' address as the 6800 block of Furman Parkway in Riverdale. Richardson was listed as having no fixed address, and Simpson's address was listed as unknown. Simpson was in serious but stable condition yesterday, and both passengers were in fair but stable condition.

Montgomery police said that at 1:46 a.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Silver Spring. One person is alleged to have brandished a handgun and threatened an employee while an accomplice removed the store's cash-register drawer.

One of the workers at the store called 911, giving a description of the men and their car, a gray 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Montgomery police spotted the car and chased it into Howard County, where the Oldsmobile slammed into the telephone pole.

Montgomery police are investigating the robbery; Howard police are looking into the collision.

Charges of armed robbery, auto theft, theft of more than $500, use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence and conspiracy to commit armed robbery have been filed against the three suspects but not formally served, Montgomery police said.

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