Crime Briefs

CRIME BRIEFS

November 27, 2009

Howard Co. police are seeking gunman in attempted armed robbery

Police in Howard County were looking Thursday for a gunman who tried to hold up a Jiffy Lube station in Elkridge and fired a shot at fleeing employees. He missed and no one was injured. According to police, a man entered the business on the 6200 block of Washington Blvd. about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, pointed a gun at an employee and demanded money. The employee ran out of the building through a back door. Police said the man then entered the garage and pointed the weapon at several other employees. They fled through a rear door, and the suspect followed. As the employees ran into nearby woods, the suspect fired a single shot, police said. There were 10 employees working at the time of the robbery. Police said the suspect fled on foot without getting any money. He was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with a thin build. He wore a dark, hooded sweat shirt and a black mask. Police are offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-7867, and may remain anonymous.

- Nick Madigan

Girl, 14, says man fondled her and exposed himself in Howard County store

Howard County police are looking for a Hispanic man in his late 30s or early 40s who a 14-year-old girl said kissed her hand, fondled her and exposed himself in an Ellicott City department store. The girl said the man, who spoke only Spanish, ran off after her grandmother approached. Police on Wednesday said the incident took place in a Kohl's department store on Montgomery Road, but they did not specify when it happened. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-STOP. Police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

- Don Markus

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