Man held in Overlea robbery of courier

September 28, 2007|By Richard Irwin

Baltimore County police arrested one man and were seeking at least one other after a courier for Dunbar Armored Inc. was assaulted and robbed as she carried a large sum of money to a bank in Overlea, police said.

About 10 a.m. Wednesday, the armed 31-year-old officer was approaching the front door of Wachovia Bank in the 6800 block of Belair Road, carrying at least one deposit bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash, when she was struck in the face by an apparently unarmed man who grabbed the bag and fled toward a getaway car, said Cpl. Walter Pepper of the county police robbery squad.

Police said the courier fired shots that missed the assailant.

When the robber neared the getaway car, Pepper said, he threw the bag into the vehicle or handed it to the driver, who sped off, leaving his accomplice behind.

Arrested at the scene and charged with multiple counts of grand theft, robbery, felony theft and assault was Joseph Dukes, 20, of the 1000 block of Flagtree Lane in Pikesville.

Pepper said Dukes was being held at the county Detention Center in Towson in lieu of $1 million bail.

Anyone knowing the identity of the other robber is urged to call the county police robbery squad at 410-887-2017.

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