Baltimore CityROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police reported...

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ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police reported that a man with a sawed-off shotgun entered the Merit gas station in the 500 block of N. Franklintown Road early yesterday and forced an employee to give him money from the cash register. Police said the gunman escaped with a little more than $100.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A Royal cab driver told police he was driving a passenger in the 2800 block of W. Franklin St. around 6 a.m. yesterday when the passenger ordered him to stop. Police said the passenger, who was wearing a white hooded sweat shirt, pulled out a handgun and ordered the cabbie to give up his money. Police said the driver gave more than $100 to the gunman, who escaped on foot.

ROBBERY TRY: Southwestern District -- A man tried to rob a grocery store in the 1500 block of N. Poplar Grove St. yesterday afternoon but fled without taking any money. Police said a man with a handgun entered the P&M; grocery store at 1518 N. Poplar Grove St. shortly after 2 p.m. and ordered an employee to give him money from the cash register. Police said something or someone apparently frightened the gunman, causing him to run out of the store without taking anything.

THEFT: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 3000 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway reported that someone broke a window of the car while it was parked in the 4400 block of Edmondson Ave. yesterday and stole property valued at nearly $1,000. Police said the thief escaped with a VCR, TV, radar detector and cassette tapes.

ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- Police said a resident of the first block of McKean Ave. was walking in the 4400 block of Garrison Blvd. early yesterday when he was stopped by a man who struck him with his fists several times, then robbed him of his money. Police said the man fled with more than $20 and the victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for injuries and released.

BURGLARY: Northwestern District -- Employees of the Guest House in the 3000 block of Liberty Heights Ave. reported that someone broke into the building early yesterday and stole property valued at more than $1,000. Police said entry was gained by breaking a front window.

ASSAULT: Northwestern District -- Police today were seeking a man who pointed a handgun at a man in the 5600 block of Belle Ave. early yesterday. Police said the armed man did not fire the weapon and had fled by the time officers arrived.

RAPE TRY: Northwestern District -- Police said a woman was walking in the 3800 block of Reisterstown Road around 7 a.m. yesterday when she was accosted by a man who shoved her into an alley and forced her to disrobe. Police said the man was removing the woman's clothing and attempting to rape her when a passer-by saw the incident and called out, causing the attacker to flee. Police said the woman was shaken but was not injured.

ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 2000 block of N. Pulaski St. reported he was riding his bike in the 2900 block of Liberty Heights Ave. yesterday evening when he was stopped by an older man with a handgun who forced him off the bike and stole it. Police said the victim, a teen-ager, was not injured and the value of the bike was not known.

ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A man with a handgun stopped a resident of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. as he walked near his home around 10 p.m. yesterday and forced him to give up more than $100.

BURGLARY: Northwestern District -- Police reported that property valued at nearly $1,000 was stolen yesterday from a dwelling in the 3300 block of Woodland Ave. after it was forcibly entered.

ASSAULT: Northwestern District -- A resident of Randallstown reported he was in the 4800 block of Litchfield Ave. late yesterday evening when he was attacked by a man who struck him several times with a handgun. Police said the victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated and released.

SHOOTING: Eastern District -- Three people were reported shot Friday night while playing basketball in the 1300 block of Homewood Ave. Police said a man with a gun walked onto the basketball court around 6 p.m. and began firing. Police said Wayne McNeil, 14, of the 700 block of E. Preston St., was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed today in stable condition with a bullet wound to the lower back. Albert Kelly, 15, of the 1200 block of N. Bond St., was taken to Union Memorial Hospital and was listed today in good condition. The most seriously injured of the three, Sheraton McElwee, 20, of the 1000 block of Ashland Court, was listed in critical condition today at Hopkins. Police said they had no motive for the shootings and that no arrest had been made.

ASSAULT: Northern District -- Police said a resident of the 500 block of E. 43rd St. was in the 4400 block of York Road early yesterday when he was accosted by a man with what appeared to be a .357 Magnum handgun. The victim told police the gunman fired a shot at him for no apparent reason and missed. Police said a search of the area failed to find the gunman.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Employees of Sinai Hospital in the 2400 block of W. Belvedere Ave. reported that someone entered a room over the weekend and stole several pieces of electronic equipment valued at more than $700.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 4100 block of Buena Vista Ave. reported that someone broke into his home through a rear window over the weekend and stole a VCR.

ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said two people seated in a car in the 600 block of N. Bentalou St. early Saturday were robbed of their money and jewelry by two men, one with a handgun, who stepped out of an alley. Police said the couple, both of West Baltimore, were robbed of nearly $60, a coat, rings and two watches.

ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of the 1200 block of Ashburton St. reported he was in the 2800 block of Riggs Ave. early yesterday when he was stopped by a man with a handgun who ordered him to give up his wallet. Police said the victim gave the gunman his wallet that contained nearly $50.

ROBBERY TRY/SHOOTING: Western District -- A man was shot in the hand last night in the 2000 block of Clifton Ave. when he attempted to flee from a gunman. Police said David Johnson was near his home around 10:15 p.m. yesterday when he was accosted by a gunman who demanded his money. Police said that when Johnson turned and ran, the gunman shot him in the left hand. Police said the gunman fled without robbing Johnson, who was taken to a hospital for treatment and released.

Baltimore County

STABBINGS/ARREST: Parkville District -- Police over the weekend arrested an 18-year-old and charged him with stabbing two people during an argument over a girl at the Perring Parkway Shopping Center in the 2400 block of Cleanleigh Drive. Police said Dion Dixon, 19, of the 2700 block of Tivoly Ave. in northeast Baltimore, was stabbed in the left arm and a 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was stabbed in the back. Police said both were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment and released. Shortly after the stabbings, police arrested John Ervin, of the 3600 block of Latham Road in Baltimore County, and charged him with two counts of assault with intent to murder and using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

ROBBERY: Woodlawn District -- The manager of a 7-Eleven store was about to make a night deposit at a Maryland National Bank at Ingleside and Johnnycake avenues shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday when he was accosted by a man with a handgun who ordered him to give him the bag containing money. The victim told police he gave the man a bank bag containing an undisclosed sum of cash and checks and the gunman ran toward U.S. 40 and the city.

Anne Arundel County

WEAPON/DRUGS ARRESTS: Annapolis -- After receiving a tip that two men inside a room at a motel were in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, police entered the room and arrested the pair. Police said officers entered a room at the Thrift Inn on Riva Road early Saturday and found two men inside. Near the men were a sawed-off shotgun and a bag of marijuana, police said. Charged with possession of an illegal and unregistered weapon and narcotics were Alvin W. Gross, 19, of the first block of Atwell Court in Shady Side, and Vincent L. Barnett, 19, of Franklin Gibson Road in Tracy's Landing.

BURGLARY: Brooklyn Park -- Someone broke into a dwelling in the 100 block of 6th Ave. by forcing open a door and stole a large quantity of tools valued at $600.

BURGLARY: Glen Burnie -- Video games and games equipment were stolen from a dwelling in the 1000 block of Upton Road after someone gained entry through a door. Police said the property was valued at nearly $600.

DRUG ARRESTS: Pasadena -- Two people were arrested last week on drug charges after police raided their West Shore Road home. Police said the raid was conducted after narcotic squad officers obtained a search warrant when they received information that drugs were inside the house. Arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug zTC paraphernalia were Bernard James Holmes, 38, and Donna Lee Llwelyn, 41, both of the 7800 block of West Shore Road.

Harford County

ROBBERY/ARRESTS: Abingdon -- The sheriff's department reported that two teen-agers charged with robbing a 7-Eleven store early yesterday were captured a short time later and were scheduled for a bail review hearing today before a District Court judge. Police said the two, ages 16 and 17, were charged as

adults but declined to reveal their names and addresses. Police said one of teens entered the 7-Eleven store in the 3000 block of Abingdon Road shortly before 2:30 a.m. yesterday and placed two ice cream bars on the counter. When the clerk was about to ring up the sale, the teen-ager placed one hand under his jacket and demanded all the money from the cash register. After taking an undisclosed sum of cash, the youth ran from the store and was seen entering a white pickup truck, which drove off. About 15 minutes later, a sheriff's deputy stopped a pickup truck at Broadway and Main Street in Bel Air and arrested the suspects without incident. In the truck, police found a long-bladed knife and money believed taken in the robbery. The pair were each charged with armed robbery. They appeared before a District Court commissioner who ordered them held on $205,000 bond each, pending today's bail review hearing.

Howard County

BANK THEFT: Ellicott City -- Police said the investigation into the theft of money from several bank accounts at the Key Federal Savings Bank in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike is continuing. They said the theft of $36,000 from six to eight accounts began last fall and unauthorized withdrawals were made by a bank employee. The shortages were discovered in January when customers learned from the IRS that there were shortages in their account balances and interest. Police said an employee suspected of taking the money has been fired and the shortages were expected to be replaced by the bank.

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