Undercover officers arrest robber wearing Halloween mask

Man found with gun, possible drugs, police say

October 15, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The events that led to David Burnside's arrest started when two plainclothes city police officers saw a man running in West Baltimore - while wearing a ski cap and a hobo Halloween mask.

The officers were in the first block of S. Stockton St. yesterday when they saw the masked man and chased him to 11 S. Carey St., where he was caught as he stuffed the ski cap and hobo mask into his pocket, police said. Police said they also recovered suspected cocaine and a .38 Special revolver from the man.

Nagi Abdo, the owner of a convenience store in the 1200 block of W. Baltimore St., identified the suspect as the man who had robbed him and his wife at gunpoint. The couple struggled with the robber, who dropped the money he attempted to steal and fled on foot, police said.

Burnside, 37, of the 1200 block of Bayard St., was being held yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said. He is charged with several offenses, including armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a handgun, police said.

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