Man claiming he had a bomb robs bank in Ellicott City A...

HOWARD COUNTY DIGEST

April 19, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Man claiming he had a bomb robs bank in Ellicott City

A man carrying a cardboard box that he said held a bomb robbed Key Bank and Trust in Ellicott City yesterday afternoon, Howard County police said.

About 1 p.m., a 5-foot-10 black man with a medium build, light beard and mustache entered the bank in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike carrying a cardboard box with a note, police said.

The man placed the box on the counter. The note demanded money and indicated there was a bomb inside the box, police said.

The robber left with an undetermined amount of money, police said. Howard County police evacuated the bank, but the state fire marshal's office determined the box contained neither a bomb nor bomb-making materials.

Police ask that anyone with information call 410-313-3200.

2 men, one with a knife, rob gas station, flee

An Exxon station in North Laurel was held up early yesterday by two men, one of them wielding a large knife, Howard County police said.

About 1 a.m., the men entered the station in the 8800 block of Gorman Road and ordered an employee to open the cash register, police said. They took an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes and fled, police said.

The employee was not injured, and no one else was in the store at the time, police said.

Video cameras recorded the incident. Police ask that anyone with information call 410-313- 3200.

Man, 20, crossing parkway in Columbia struck by car

A 20-year-old man was struck by a car Wednesday evening as he attempted to improperly cross Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, Howard County police said yesterday.

Anthony Bowley of the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane in Columbia was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. He was listed in fair condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Bowley did not cross at a crosswalk, failed to yield the right-of-way to a motor vehicle and appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

The driver of the 2002 Toyota Solara that hit Bowley, 22-year-old Lucas W. Demas of the 5400 block of El Camino Court in Columbia, was not injured in the 8:45 p.m. collision, police said. Demas attempted to avoid the pedestrian by switching into the far-left lane of eastbound Little Patuxent near Swift Stream Place, police said.

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