They came to play. And when the last ball fell into the corner pocket, the pool players held up the Arnold pool hall.
County detectives said two men and two women came into Bill & Billie's Q Club in the 1200 block of Ritchie Highway at about 3 a.m.
The game broke up shortly after 5, and the four made their way tothe front counter to pay. One of the men walked around the counter and told the manager he would be shot if he did not hand over the money.
The manager handed the cash to one of the women, who put it in her jacket, police said.
The bandits ordered the manager and an employee to lie on the floor, then tied them with tape before leaving.
Police described the first assailant as a black male, about 5-foot-8, wearing a dark-blue sweater.
The other suspects were a black man in his 20s, wearing a light-blue jacket and two black women.
OFF-DUTY OFFICER BEATEN BY TWO MEN
An off-duty Baltimore County police officer was beaten with a baseball bat after he confronted two men who had broken into his car early Sunday morning.
Investigators saidthe 22-year-old officer saw the men breaking into his car in the 6500 block of South Charter Road at about 3 a.m. and went outside to stop them.
When he tried to arrest one of the men, the second man gotout of a car and began to beat the officer with a baseball bat.
After a few minutes, the pair got into a car driven by a woman and drove away.
Police described the first assailant as white, 16 to 19 years old, with short blond hair. He was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed about 130 pounds.
The second assailant was described as white, about the same age, with dark-brown hair. The driver was a white woman with light-brown hair.
The officer was treated at NorthArundel Hospital and released.
MAN WITH KNIFE ROBS FERNDALE STORE
A bandit armed with a knife robbed a North County convenience store early Saturday morning, county police said.
Detectives said the robber walked into the 7-Eleven store at Route 648 and Ferndale Avenue in Ferndale about 4 a.m. and demanded money.
The clerk complied, and the robber left the store.
Police gave no description of the robber.
WOMAN CHARGED IN BOYFRIEND'S STABBING
A Brooklyn Park woman was charged with assault with intent to murder in the stabbing of herboyfriend during an apparent domestic argument, police said
According to the police report, Charles Kranwinkel, 35, of the 600 block of Regatta Avenue, arrived home at about 4:30 a.m. after being away for several days.
Kranwinkel argued with his girlfriend and was stabbed in the side with a steak knife, police said.
Police arrested Leslie Loreen Hoke, 29, at another home on Regatta Avenue. She also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
BROOKLYN PARK MAN SHOT OUTSIDE TAVERN
A Brooklyn Park motorist was shot early yesterday bytwo men looking for a cigarette, police said.
Investigators said Brion L. Blake, 34, of the first block of Greenwood Avenue, was leaving Ashley's Tavern on Route 648 in Ferndale at 2:15 a.m., when two men flagged him down and asked him for a cigarette. When Blake said he had none, one of the men pulled out a sawed-off shotgun.
Blake threw his car into reverse, the gunman fired, and several shotgun pellets hit him in the back, police said.
Police described the assailants as black men wearing plaid flannel shirts.
Blake drove himself home, then went to North Arundel Hospital where he was treated and released.
GUNMAN ROBS STORE ON SUNDAY MORNING
A masked gunman robbed a Glen Burnie convenience store Sunday morning, county police said.
The man, wearing black pantyhose covered by a black ski mask, walked into the High's store in the 7900 block of Crain Highway at about 6:30 p.m. and demanded money, police said.
The 18-year-old clerk screamed, and the gunman told her he would not hurt her if she gave himthe money. She opened the cash register, and the robber grabbed the cash and ran out of the store.
Police described the robber as a white man in is early 20s.
MIDSHIPMAN PUNCHED ON ANNAPOLIS STREET
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman was punched in the nose early yesterdayduring a fight outside the Banana Republic store on Main Street in Annapolis, police said.
Scott Miller, 22, was standing with a groupof midshipmen talking to several women at about 1:45 a.m. when a white limousine pulled up and the occupants began insulting the group, police said. The driver of the limousine got out and punched Miller inthe nose, police said.
DRIVER REGAINS COAT STOLEN BY HITCHHIKER
An Annapolis man who gave a hitchhiker a lift on West Street early yesterday lost his coat in the process, city police said.
Michael J. Lord, of the 3500 block of Cohasset Avenue, told police he offered togive a woman hitchhiking in the 200 block of West Street a ride at about 12:55 a.m., police said. In his car, she pulled out a knife, threatened him and demanded his coat, police said.
A few minutes later, he saw her standing on West Street again, wearing his coat, policesaid. Lord got his coat back, but the woman threatened him again.
The woman was described as white, with short, dark-blond hair, about5 feet tall and about 110 pounds.
MAN, 28, CHARGED IN DRUG POSSESSION
An Annapolis man was charged with possession of cocaine early Friday morning, city police said.
Anthony A. Queen, 28, of Bens Drive, was arrested after a police officer saw him toss a container on the ground, police said. There were two rocks of crack cocaine in the container, police said.