Armed men rob four during three incidents

One robbery involves home invasion

trucker, hotel clerk also victims

February 12, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Three separate crimes Sunday in Howard County highlight the varied ways people can fall victim to a robbery.

During the most unusual of the robberies, a man with a handgun forced two people back into their residence in the 9000 block of Thamesmeade Road in North Laurel, county police said yesterday.

The two were at their vehicle outside their apartment building at 7:45 p.m. Sunday when a man - described as black, 6 feet, 200 pounds, in his 20s and wearing dark clothing - approached, police said.

Once inside the apartment, he took their wallets, which contained an undisclosed amount of money, and fled in a unknown direction, police said.

"Based on the experience of detectives in the robbery unit, home-invasion robberies are not a common thing in Howard County," county police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

About three hours later, a hotel in Columbia was robbed.

At 10:30 p.m., the front desk clerk at Studio Plus Hotel in the 6600 block of Eli Whitney Drive was confronted by a man armed with a silver-colored handgun, police said. The man was described as 5 feet 8, 160 pounds and wearing a dark blue coat, black cap and scarf covering his face. No other description was available.

The clerk was tied up and placed in a closet in the lobby, police said. No one was injured, a police report indicated.

The man took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled, police said.

Sunday began with a street robbery in the 7400 block of Assateague Ave. in Jessup, according to a police report.

About 12:40 a.m., a man in his late 20s wielding a penknife with a 2-inch blade demanded money from a truck driver parked on the street, police said. After the driver gave up about $200, the robber swept the knife across the driver's arm, causing a minor laceration, police said. The victim was not taken to a hospital, police said.

Police said the robber fled on foot. He was described as white, clean shaven with short hair and wearing an orange coat with blue cuffs.

No arrests have been made in the three incidents.

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