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A man who robbed a gas station in Northeast Baltimore last year and took a 93-year-old man hostage after demanding money from lottery proceeds pleaded guilty today in Maryland U.S. District Court.

Here is a statement from federal prosecutors:

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Cecil Bailey, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to commercial robbery.

According to Bailey's plea agreement, on August 10, 2009, Bailey and his co-defendant, Robert Lanier, robbed Sunny's Gas Station at 5901 Belair Road in Baltimore. Lanier pulled a black semi-automatic gun and demanded money from the owner.

Cecil Bailey then entered the station with a gun, pointed it at the cashier and demanded money from the Lotto register. While the cashier was attempting to open the register, Bailey repeatedly struck the cashier in the face with the gun and kicked him. During this assault, the owner was pushed to the rear of the store.

Lanier joined Bailey at the front of the store and both Bailey and Lanier repeatedly struck the cashier in the face while demanding money from him. The owner used his cell phone to call 911 and ran from the gas station. Bailey and Lanier stole approximately $900 from the register and escaped in a car that was parked in the parking lot.

During a search of the area by helicopters and canine units, Bailey ran to the rear of a residence in the 4300 block of Mary Avenue and forced the owner of the residence, a 93 year-old man who had been sitting on the back porch, inside the home.

SWAT team officers from both the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police Departments were called and eventually entered the residence and removed the homeowner, who was unharmed.  Bailey was arrested and officers recovered from a nearby home: clothing matching the description of clothing worn by the robbers;  a silver BB gun; white zip-lock zip ties; black plastic trash bags; keys and sunglasses.  Also located in front of a house several doors away was a vehicle that had been rented by Bailey on July 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

On November 16, 2009, Robert Lanier was arrested in Sarasota, Florida by FBI agents.  Lanier, age 28, of Essex, Maryland,  pleaded guilty to the same charge and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

Bailey faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for July 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

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