Man arrested in Wendy's robbery attempt

Police think suspect eluded them by hiding in restaurant's ceiling

September 01, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A man who police believe eluded capture after attempting to rob a Lansdowne Wendy's Sunday by hiding in the restaurant's ceiling was arrested yesterday when officers found him hiding in a bedroom in Pimlico.

Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said the Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested Craig Eferm Lewis, 31, about 9 a.m. at a house in the 400 block of W. Garrison Ave.

Toohey said police received a tip that Lewis, of the 2700 block of Pelham Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, had been staying at the Garrison Avenue address.

Police found Lewis in a bedroom after the homeowner agreed to let officers search the house, Toohey said.

Lewis is charged with two counts each of armed robbery and first-degree assault, and one count of using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.

He was being held at the Wilkens Precinct last night while awaiting a bail hearing.

Police say two men detained two Wendy's employees during a robbery attempt about 9 a.m. Sunday.

Police quickly surrounded the restaurant and arrested Wayne McFadden, 27, after he tried to elude them by pretending to be a hostage. McFadden was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery and a handgun violation.

Polie think Lewis avoided tactical officers, who stormed the restaurant, by hiding in the ceiling.

The next day, a Wendy's employee spotted a man, who police think was Lewis, walking out of the restaurant about 10 a.m. with pieces of drywall in his hair. The employee then discovered a hole in the bathroom's ceiling.

"Based on information gathered from him and the witnesses, we believe he was hiding in the ceiling," Toohey said.

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