Suspect barricaded in house arrested

December 29, 2006|By Richard Irwin and Gus G. Sentementes | Richard Irwin and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun Reporters

A man suspected of robbing a Baltimore County gas station about noon yesterday led police on a pursuit into the city and barricaded himself in a rowhouse, where he was arrested hours later by police SWAT team, authorities said.

Agent Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman, said the man robbed a Shell station on Main Street in Reisterstown about 11:30 a.m., punched a clerk and fled with cash. The robber drove away in a gray Mazda that was spotted and pursued by county police - with city police joining in after the car crossed the border, Moses said.

The man bailed out of the car in the 2200 block of W. Lafayette Ave. and fled into the house, believed to be unoccupied, Moses said. While police surrounded the premises and warned neighbors to stay inside their homes, police crisis negotiators attempted to talk the man into surrendering.

When those efforts failed, members of the city police SWAT team entered the dwelling about 7 p.m. and arrested the unarmed man without incident, Moses said.

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