Ellicott City man charged in three armed robberies

An Ellicott City man faces an attempted murder charge in connection with three armed robberies, two in Ellicott City and one in Columbia, according to Howard County Police.

Peair M. Turner, 25, of Waterloo Road, was also charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, assault, theft and gun charges for his role in the Dec. 24 armed robbery of an Ellicott City 7-Eleven, the March 25 robbery of an Ellicott City Exxon and the April 6 robbery of Sonesta Hotel in Columbia, police said.

Turner was arrested by police on April 8 at a traffic stop, according to police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

In the Christmas Eve incident, police said a man entered the 7-Eleven in the 4800 block of Montgomery Road, with a hand gun and demanded money. Police said during the incident, the man fired the gun in the direction of a clerk, who was not hit. The man stole $350, police said. 

Police said on March 25, a man entered an Exxon in the 4200 block of Montgomery Road with a hand gun and demanded money. The man stole $600 and a clerk's cell phone and wallet, police said. 

On April 6, a man entered the Sonesta Hotel in the 8800 block of Columbia 100 Parkway with a hand gun and demanded money, police said. The man made off with $500 and a clerk's cell phone and credit cards, according to police.

Police identified Turner as a suspect using details from how the robberies were carried out and physical description. Executing a search-and-seizure warrant on Turner's car, police found clothing that matched clothing worn by the man in the robberies, police said. 

Turner is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, police said. 

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