Man held in Laurel robberies, kidnapping earlier this month

December 24, 2009|By Larry Carson larry.carson@baltsun.com

A 21-year old North Laurel man is in the Howard County Detention Center, held on $350,000 bail and facing charges that he robbed two different people at knifepoint in the same shopping center on the same day, including one incident that involved a kidnapping and carjacking.

Nortel Maurice Clayton, who lived with his family in the 9500 block Canterbury Riding, also in North Laurel, was arrested Wednesday night while seeking treatment for a minor injury at the Prince George's County Hospital Center, according to county police.

The two crimes occurred Dec. 5 at the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center. In each incident, patrons of different stores were asked for a ride by a young man and then confronted with a knife when they refused. In the first one, a man leaving a sandwich shop gave up his wallet to the thief, who fled toward the nearby Canterbury Riding apartments.

Later, a man leaving the liquor store was forced into his own car and driven to various ATM machines nearby where the thief stole cash. The man was also forced to buy cigarettes at a gas station, and the thief drove the car through the Canterbury Riding apartment complex blowing the horn before taking his loot and running off. Police found the knife in the car.

Acting on a tip, police got a search warrant last week for Clayton's family's apartment and found some incriminating bank receipts. He is now charged with multiple offenses, including armed robbery, armed carjacking, kidnapping, assault, theft and credit card fraud.

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