Officers arrest robbery suspect

With witnesses' help, police chase down man after victim was assaulted nearby

January 21, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Khandaker Shajahan had just closed up his father's pizza shop on Frederick Avenue shortly after midnight yesterday and was sitting in his car when the attack began.

A man opened his door and pistol-whipped him. The robber then took the $360 in his pockets and then fled into the night in Southwest Baltimore.

But police officers were nearby - including a recently promoted deputy major, Anthony Brown, and Sgt. Robert Brown - who, with the help of witnesses, were able to chase down the robber, authorities said. Anthony Brown, a 24-year veteran just promoted to second in command of the Southwestern District, cornered the suspect in a lot, arrested him and found the .38-caliber revolver that police said he had tossed over a fence.

"The police grabbed him," said Shajahan, a 39-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh. "They were very good. They did a very good job."

Charges were pending last night against the suspect, who police described as a 27-year-old from Baltimore.

For Shajahan, the robbery was a shocking introduction to Baltimore. He said he had previously lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., for more than 13 years and had never been a victim of violent crime.

He moved to Baltimore to help his father in the family business - the New Pizza House restaurant in the 3100 block of Frederick Ave. - that opened in August.

After yesterday's attack, Shajahan said he was treated by paramedics for cuts to his head and nose, but he didn't have to go to a hospital. He was back at work yesterday afternoon.

He said he was grateful for the police and paramedics who helped him.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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