One suspect was captured running from a stolen Jeep Cherokee and two others still were being sought in connection with four armed robberies in the Roland Park section of North Baltimore and the Carney section of Baltimore County.
The robberies were reported between 4:10 p.m. and 5:03 p.m., beginning on the Rotunda shopping center parking lot, where a 52-year-old woman handed over her purse with about $60 in cash to a gunman. He fled in the Jeep driven by an accomplice.
The second robbery was on St. John's Road near Roland Avenue about 4:30 p.m. when a gunman with a partner in the Jeep grabbed the purse of a 53-year-old woman who was sitting in a car in front of her house, police said.
About 30 minutes later, the Jeep turned up at the Carney Village Shopping Center in the 9600 block of Harford Road, where a woman and man were robbed of cash, according to County Officer Gordon Skinner.
The Jeep was reported stolen at 4:15 p.m., when its owner found the vehicle missing when he returned to the parking lot at Mondawmin Mall.
The vehicle was spotted by Baltimore Police Officer Robert Gambrill about 5:40 p.m. near Park Heights and Garrison avenues, who had heard a radio alert describing the Jeep sought in the robberies. He pursued it to an alley behind the 4900 block of Nelson Avenue, where three men jumped out and began running.
Officers Gambrill and Thomas Gause arrested one suspect in the 3800 block of Spaulding Avenue, but the others eluded capture and were still being sought this morning.
Arrested was Dana Andrew Pearson, 19, of the 2900 block of Reisterstown Road, who was charged with two counts of armed robbery and a handgun offense and was held overnight at the Northwestern District lockup pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner.
He told police he was employed as a janitor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Officer Gambrill said the police were told that two stolen purses were dumped in a storm drain on the Clifton Park golf course.
It was not known if the purses were recovered.
None of the robbery victims was injured, police said.