Elkridge man indicted in armored car robbery

Earlier, charges had been dropped in the case

August 01, 2002|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old Elkridge man accused of robbing an armored car at gunpoint in January 2001 and stealing $368,000 was indicted in the case yesterday, more than a year after initial charges against him were dropped for a lack of evidence.

A Howard County grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Eric Allen Miller of the 5900 block of Setter Drive with charges of armed robbery and felony assault.

Prosecutors said yesterday that new information led investigators to recharge Miller.

Recent charging documents in the case include an additional witness, who alleges that Miller "admitted" his involvement in the crime and "bragged" about spending the money, as well as results from DNA testing.

Miller is alleged to be one of two men who robbed a Brinks armored truck parked in front of FCNB bank in the 7200 block of Montgomery Road in Elkridge on Jan. 31, 2001.

One of the suspects pointed a gun at the two security officers in the truck, according to charging documents. The men also sprayed one of the officers with Mace during the crime, the documents show.

Miller was initially charged in the case two months later, but charges were dismissed in June 2001. Investigators have not charged a second suspect.

In other grand jury action yesterday, indictments were returned against:

Reyes C. Escalante, 20, of the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road in Columbia. Escalante was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and felony assault in the beating death May 17 of Antonio Ayala, 33, whose body was found three days later in woods off Flowerstock Row in Columbia.

Escalante, one of Ayala's roommates, was one of three people investigators charged in the crime. Prosecutors said Donis Maldonado and Marcos Escalante, who also roomed with Ayala, were not indicted yesterday because the men, who were arrested in Georgia, remain jailed there.

Marcos P.S. Amaya, 33, of the 3900 block of 56th Ave. in Hyattsville. Amaya is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash July 13 at Route 100 and Executive Park Drive that killed 4-year-old Nadine Mohamed Younis. Grand jurors returned a 18-count indictment that includes charges of manslaughter by auto, homicide by motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

Malcolm W. Scott, 27, of no fixed address. Scott, who was indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree rape and related counts, is accused of raping and stabbing a 17-year-old Columbia girl June 25. Police said a K-9 officer apprehended Scott during the assault.

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