Pair sought in Science Center robbery

Staff held at gunpoint during Saturday incident

January 29, 2001|By Alec MacGillis | Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF

Two men armed with a handgun robbed the Maryland Science Center of a "substantial" sum of money Saturday afternoon after corralling a group of employees in a room in the Inner Harbor tourist attraction, police said.

About 2 p.m., the two men "gathered several center employees in a room" and "held them forcibly against their will" with a handgun, police spokesman Kevin Enright said last night. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, he said.

The suspects fled on foot.

Enright said the police have issued an arrest warrant for Mansa Jones, 21, of the 1300 block of N. Ellwood Ave. in connection with the robbery. He said Jones should be considered armed and dangerous. The second man was not identified.

Science Center Executive Director Gregory J. Andorfer said last night that he was out of town Saturday and was unaware of the robbery.

The center opened as usual for visitors yesterday, according to spokeswoman Christine Rowett.

"It appears all handled it well, and none of our visitors were in any danger. We still feel it's a safe place for anyone to come," she said. "But it was probably very scary for the people who were involved. A couple of our staff people had a rough time."

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