Two teens accused in robberies

Police say students admit driving athlete to Dundalk holdups

Both arrested Wednesday

One tells authorities Breedlove needed money to pay rent

March 15, 2002|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Two Dundalk teen-agers have been charged with helping Derrick Lemell Breedlove, a Dundalk High School football star, repeatedly rob the same liquor store where he was shot and killed this week.

Ryan Joseph Crowe, 17, of the 7000 block of Dunbar Road and Ryan Christopher Raivel, 17, of the 700 block of Oakleigh Beach Road told police that Breedlove robbed Modern Discount Liquors at gunpoint twice before he was shot by a clerk at the store early Wednesday.

Deputy State's Attorney Steve Bailey said prosecutors will review the police investigation of the shooting to determine whether charges should be filed against the clerk, Richard D. Kosinski.

Kosinski, 50, of Dundalk declined to comment yesterday.

Both robbery suspects, who are charged as adults, were arrested late Wednesday. They were being held last night at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Police say they admitted to being Breedlove's getaway drivers.

Raivel, a senior, was taken into custody at the school. He is charged with armed robbery and conspiracy in the holdup Wednesday. Police say he drove a Ford Taurus he borrowed from his mother; police tracked the car to the high school parking lot after the robbery.

Raivel told police Breedlove was robbing the store to pay rent for his Essex apartment.

Crowe, who dropped out of Dundalk High this month as a sophomore, is charged with two counts of armed robbery and conspiracy. Police say he drove the getaway car in robberies that Breedlove committed at the store Feb. 5 and Feb. 22.

Raivel's bail was set yesterday at $350,000 and Crowe's at $100,000.

According to charging documents, Raivel told investigators Breedlove called him Wednesday morning and asked him to come to his home. Breedlove asked Raivel to bring his pellet gun and his mother's car.

"Raivel advised that he was scared but knew that Breedlove needed money to pay for rent so he decided to help him," according to a police affidavit.

Raivel drove to Breedlove's home in the first block of Luffing Court, where they discussed the robbery for about an hour. Then they drove to the store and Raivel parked in the rear, "at Breedlove's directions," according to a police statement.

After Breedlove was shot, the owner of the store, Andrew J. Brown Jr., looked out the back door and saw Raivel, who sped off and drove back to the high school, the statement said.

Brown gave police a description and tag number of Raivel's car, police said.

Crowe was arrested at his home after Raivel identified him as the getaway driver in the earlier liquor store robberies.

Police said Breedlove used a sawed-off shotgun in both of the earlier robberies at the store, which was licensed in 1990.

In the Feb. 5 robbery, Breedlove wore a red ski mask, carried a "green book bag" and fled with $1,745 in cash, according to a statement of charges filed against Crowe.

In the Feb. 22 robbery, Breedlove wore a black wig but was recognized by a clerk as the same gunman who robbed the store previously. He fled with $900 in cash, police said.

Police say that when Breedlove entered the store Wednesday, he put a pellet gun into the back of a cigarette distributor who was making a delivery. He robbed the distributor of $50 before he confronted the store owner and demanded all the money from the registers, police said.

Police say Kosinski, who witnessed the robbery from a back room, retrieved a pistol from the store, walked out a side door, entered the front and confronted Breedlove.

Police say Breedlove "pointed his weapon at Kosinski" before Kosinski fired three shots, hitting Breedlove twice in the upper body.

Friends said Raivel and Crowe had never been in trouble before.

Raivel, who has two older sisters, was described by neighbors as a star athlete when he was younger. He played on traveling soccer teams and was on his high school soccer team, according to a neighbor.

"I've never seen or heard him do anything wrong," the neighbor said. "He was a good young athlete."

"This comes as a shock. Ryan's always been a good kid," said Dave Gliniecki, a freshman at Dundalk High. Gliniecki said he often played basketball with Raivel in the Eastwood neighborhood and rode bicycles with him in a wooded area off Peninsula Expressway.

The shooting also shocked many at the school, where Breedlove was well-liked and respected.

"Derrick was a very popular and well-loved student, very kind," said Beverly Y. Smith, an assistant principal. "They know Derrick made a bad choice but don't want him portrayed as a bad person."

Police said Breedlove also might be responsible for the robbery of a convenience store in which a machete was used. A police spokeswoman could offer few details about that robbery yesterday.

The liquor store shooting is the fourth fatality in which would-be robbers have been shot and killed by employees at area businesses.

The operator of the Winters Run Inn in Joppa shot and killed one of two intruders Jan. 22. Two East Baltimore businessmen are charged with killing a man who broke into their warehouse in June.

And Brothers Dominic "Tony" Geckle and Matthew Geckle killed an unarmed man and shot two others last March during a break-in at their concrete plant in Glyndon. A grand jury found that they were protected by the state's self-defense law.

Legal experts say state law protects merchants and store clerks from prosecution as long as they act in defense of people, not just property.

"It's never legally permissible to use deadly force to protect property, unless somebody's life is at risk," said Arcangelo M. Tuminelli, a criminal lawyer.

Sun staff writers Linda Linley, Stephanie Desmon and Stephen Kiehl contributed to this article.

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