Baltimore sheriff's deputy foils armed robbery at gas station

August 06, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A city sheriff's deputy who stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds foiled a robbery by wrestling a .45-caliber pistol from a 6-foot-tall, 165-pound gunman.

The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Irvington Exxon in the 4100 block of Frederick Ave. in Southwest Baltimore. Sgt. Samuel L Cogen, a sheriff's office spokesman, gave the following account of the incident:

Deputy Carroll Jackson stopped at the gas station on a routine business check and heard a gunshot. She entered the station and discovered a man armed with a .45-caliber handgun struggling with an employee who was trying to take the gun from him.

During the struggle, a second shot was fired and the bullet struck a door. Nearby on the floor was an undisclosed sum of cash taken during the armed robbery.

Without hesitating, Jackson, 34, who has been a deputy for three years, stepped in and disarmed the gunman and handcuffed him.

Detective Raymond Yost of the Southwestern District said someone in the station called 911 and reported the incident.

Moments later, several city police back-up units responding to a Signal 13 (officer needs assistance call) arrived and found Jackson standing over the subdued man, Cogen said.

"There was several hundred dollars on the floor and more in the gunman's pockets," said Yost.

A suspect, Donte Brown, 28, of the 100 block of Diener Place, was taken to Central Booking and Intake Center. He was charged with three counts of assault with intent to murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm whose serial number had been obliterated.

Jackson said she knew the gas station had been robbed before. "I stopped by there all the time to see how they are doing," she said.

Sheriff John Anderson said his deputies, like city police officers, are encouraged to make business checks while on Baltimore's streets serving warrants and other legal papers, thus adding more protection to the city.

"Deputy Jackson singlehandedly stopped an armed robbery in progress and removed a dangerous person from the street," Anderson said.

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