Man charged in Third Base Liquors robbery

Eugene Hankerson III (Harford County Sheriff's Office / May 3, 2013)

A Bel Air man accused of robbing Third Base Liquors on April 19 and leading police on a chase down Route 40 has been indicted and was ordered held without bail on Wednesday.

Eugene Hankerson III, 26, of the 1900 block of Millington Square in Bel Air, was in shock trauma for "a couple of weeks," an assistant state's attorney said during a bail review Wednesday.

Harford County District Judge Susan Hazlett said he was being held without bail, but Hankerson did not have a bail review because he was indicted.

Hankerson is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault and theft less than $1,000.

On April 19, he allegedly walked into Third Base Liquors, in the 2000 block of South Fountain Green Road in the Creswell area, at 3 p.m., wearing a burka, a mode of female dress that covers all but the eyes, walked into Third Base Liquors and engaged the clerk in a discussion about beers, police said.

At some point, Hankerson and the clerk walked to another part of the store, where Hankerson asked the clerk for help lifting a case of beer, then allegedly pulled a gun and told the clerk to go to the register and demanded cash. The clerk complied.

Hankerson allegedly drove away in a white SUV. An alert citizen in the area became suspicious and got the license plate number, phoning it in to police.

A sheriff's deputy on patrol in the vicinity of Routes 40 and 755 in Edgewood saw the vehicle heading west on Route 40 and turned to give pursuit.

The SUV crashed and rolled over several times and the driver, Hankerson, was ejected. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Detectives also believe Hankerson is connected to an armed robbery at Xtra Mart, in the 2400 block of Churchville Road in Bel Air's Campus Hills neighborhood, earlier the same day, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said they had identified the suspect last week but would not release his name.