Man fatally shot in robbery had drug arrest, records show

October 29, 2001|By Michael Scarcella | Michael Scarcella,SUN STAFF

An alleged robber fatally shot Saturday by a Southeast Baltimore gas station manager was identified yesterday as a 31-year- old Dundalk man recently arrested on drug charges.

Robert N. Hawkins of the 3400 block of McShane Way died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after being shot by Gary Hunt, 63, manager of a Citgo station and convenience store in the 1100 block of Dundalk Ave. that had been robbed twice this month, according to police. Hunt told police he was in a back room and, on a video monitor, saw Hawkins rob his clerk at gunpoint.

Latasha D. Worthington, Hawkins' sister, said yesterday that he was married and had four daughters - and had a drug problem. "We didn't think he was in the predicament he was in," she said. "We didn't think he'd resort to this."

Hawkins' most recent arrest, according to District Court records, occurred Oct. 12 on charges of drug possession. Records also showed a 1998 conviction for second-degree assault.

Worthington said her brother, who grew up in Turners Station and graduated from Dundalk High School, recently found employment as an electrician's assistant.

Police were awaiting a review by the state's attorney's office to determine whether charges will be brought against Hunt, whose gas station was robbed Oct. 19 and Oct. 21. He had a license for the .38-caliber revolver used in the shooting, police said.

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