Pizza deliverer robbed at knifepoint in Elkridge

A pair of attempted robberies also occurred over the weekend

March 05, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

An armed robbery Sunday capped a weekend in which two attempted armed robberies occurred in Howard County, police said.

A Papa John's pizza delivery driver was robbed by a man with a knife and a woman about 11 p.m. Sunday on Ducketts Lane in Elkridge, Howard police said.

The driver described the robbers as a white, 5-foot-8-inch male with a thin build and wearing a blue jacket; and a white, 5-foot-4-inch female with a medium build and wearing a mask and a large blue jacket, police said. The two fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Earlier in the weekend, four young men attempted to rob three people sitting on a curb outside the Mobil gas station in Columbia's Owen Brown Village Center, police said.

The four men - one armed with a handgun - demanded money and marijuana about 9 p.m. Saturday, police said. The three tried to run away, but the assailants caught one, a 14-year-old, and beat and kicked him, causing injuries to his head and upper body, police said. The assailants fled with nothing, police said.

The teen-ager was taken to Howard County General Hospital for injuries reported as nonlife-threatening, police said.

The four males were described as black and in their late teens to early 20s; three had small builds and the fourth had a medium build, police said. One was wearing a Tennessee Titans jersey, police said.

About 11 p.m. Friday, a car pulled up alongside a man as he was finishing a transaction at a Bank of America ATM in Jessup, police said. The three male occupants wore ski masks, displayed a revolver and demanded money, police said.

The man who had withdrawn money ran and the car drove off, police said. Moments later, a Maryland State Police trooper spotted the vehicle and detained the occupants.

Larry Derr, 21; Leonard McKnight, 19; and Maurice Lee, 19, were arrested, police said.

Derr, of the 2100 block of E. Hoffman St. in Baltimore, was charged Saturday with eight counts, including attempted armed robbery, first-degree assault and concealing a deadly weapon, according to court documents.

Lee, of the 1500 block of Chapel St. in Baltimore, was charged with the same eight counts, according to court documents.

No charges were registered in Howard County District Court for McKnight.

Police have not made arrests in the crimes that occurred Saturday and Sunday.

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