One shot, one arrested after botched holdup of truck guard

Wounded suspect is in critical condition

October 25, 2001|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

One suspect was shot and another captured yesterday in an attempted robbery of a Brinks Inc. security guard carrying money from an armored truck into a Havre de Grace bank, town police reported.

The wounded man, Lamar Kennard, 25, of the 100 block of S. Reed St. in Bel Air, was wanted in Baltimore County on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court.

He was listed in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

According to Maj. John Van Gilder of the Havre de Grace Police Department, the robbers - apparently unarmed - assaulted the unnamed 24-year- old Brinks guard about 2:45 p.m. as he was carrying a bag of money to the Farmers Bank of Maryland branch in the 200 block of St. John St.

Van Gilder said the guard pulled out his gun and shot one of the men in the upper torso. No money was taken.

Witnesses gave police a description of one of the men, which led to the arrest of a suspect several blocks from the bank. Later, Van Gilder said a man - later identified as Kennard - arrived at a doctor's office in Bel Air with a bullet wound.

Kennard said he was shot while playing basketball behind the Edgewater Shopping Center in Edgewood.

Based on a description from the holdup attempt and a lack of evidence of a shooting at the basketball court, police identified the wounded man as the second suspect.

The Brinks guard was treated for minor injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Van Gilder said.

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