Crime Briefs

August 29, 2009

Pasadena man dies of stab wounds

A Pasadena man died Thursday after being stabbed in the chest and left in his Ford Explorer on the shoulder of a Glen Burnie road, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said they received a call about 5:30 p.m. Thursday saying that a wounded man was in a vehicle stopped on the eastbound shoulder of Ordnance Road near Stahl Point Road. The man, Andrew Joseph Giancoli, 48, of the 200 block of Harlem Road in Pasadena, was taken to Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, where he died. Police are asking anyone with information to call 410-222-3458.

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Andrea Siegel

Police identify officer who fatally shot suspect

Anne Arundel County police have identified the officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect Monday in Brooklyn Park. Sgt. Robert Vane, who has been with the department for 16 years, fatally shot Brian Keith Doukas, 47, in a liquor store parking lot as the pickup truck Doukas was driving sped toward him, police said Friday. Vane is assigned to the Special Services Bureau, which includes specialized units. It was the fourth shooting - two of them fatal - in two months by an Anne Arundel County police officer. Police were looking for Doukas, who was suspected in four Anne Arundel County holdups within a week and was being investigated for possible involvement in recent robberies in Howard County. Arundel officers had obtained a warrant for his arrest earlier Monday for the robbery Aug. 22 of a PNC Bank in Crofton.

- Andrea Siegel

Clarksville 'payday loan' operator jailed for fraud

The Clarksville owner of First Cash Express Inc. was sentenced Friday in Howard County Circuit Court to eight years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for fraud and misappropriation. Alvin Allister Ambrose, 37, was also ordered to return more than $600,000 he used to pay for a Caribbean cruise, diamond rings, furniture and his wife's law school tuition, according to the Maryland attorney general's office. He was convicted in June of using more than $5 million in funds from nearly 200 investors to provide "payday loans" to other clients at high interest rates. Ambrose told new investors they would get a 15 percent rate of return on a $20,000 investment, though he wasn't licensed to make such loans or investments.

- Tricia Bishop

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