Grand jury indicts two cousins in robberies

Baltimore men accused in Jessup store holdup

April 25, 2002|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore cousins made off with $30,000 in cash in the armed robbery of a Jessup check-cashing business in February, according to indictments returned by a Howard County grand jury yesterday.

One of the men also was charged with using a semiautomatic handgun last month to rob a Columbia clothing store of more than $8,000.

Darran Byrd, 24, of the 1000 block of Marlau Drive in North Baltimore was charged with armed robbery and assault in the holdup of Mel's Liquor Store, which operates a check-cashing service at the shop at 7915 Waterloo Road.

Robert Earl Byrd, 29, of the 2200 block of Lyndhurst Ave. in Windsor Hills also was charged with armed robbery and assault in that case. In addition, he was charged with armed robbery and assault in the March 15 holdup of Marshall's department store, 9031 Snowden River Parkway.

About 10:15 a.m. Feb. 8, two men entered Mel's displaying handguns and wearing ski masks and gloves, according to the court documents. They grabbed a bank bag with about $30,000 in cash and quickly left, documents state.

About 10 p.m. March 15, as Marshall's was about to close, a man entered the store, asked for a job application, and bought a pair of jeans and polo shirt, court documents state. Then, he pulled a handgun from his pants pocket and gathered the eight store employees into the men's room, according to the documents. He left after the manager gave him about $8,000 in cash from the registers, documents state.

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