Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

March 30, 2007

Anne Arundel police identify slain suspect

Anne Arundel County police have identified the suspected bank robber killed Wednesday during a shootout with officers as an Arnold man who had served time in prison for armed robbery.

Clarence Leroy Johnson Jr., who would have turned 39 tomorrow, was fatally shot after the 9 a.m. holdup at the Bank of America branch at 601 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park, police said yesterday.

The robber fled on foot and officers spotted Johnson a few blocks away. When they chased him, he fired at them and kept running, police said. Cornered by police in a quiet neighborhood, Johnson fired at officers again, wounding Officer Doyle D. Holquist Jr. in the leg, and was shot dead, police said.

No one could be reached yesterday at the Joyce Lane address police said was Johnson's home.

Four officers involved in the shooting remained on administrative leave yesterday, said police spokesman Lt. David Waltemeyer.

Johnson pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon in Baltimore County in 1990, according to computerized court records. State prison officials said he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.

He pleaded guilty to burglary in Baltimore in 2003, court records show, and was given a 6-month sentence.

Andrea F. Siegel

Woman's body discovered

A woman's body was discovered in an isolated area of Linthicum, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

A man fishing in the area of River Road and Furnace Avenue found the decomposing body about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Police have labeled the death suspicious.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death as well as the woman's identity.

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