Man resists robber; handgun misfiresBALTIMORE -- John...

BALTIMORE — Man resists robber; handgun misfires

BALTIMORE -- John Daily says he never even thought about giving up the $200 in his pocket to the three men who were trying to rob him in Little Italy Saturday night -- even when one of them pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger from three feet away.


"You're not getting anything," Mr. Daily, 60, said he told the armed suspect, and pushed his wife, Diane, behind him.

"You will have to kill me."


The gun didn't go off, and the suspects ran away -- but not before grabbing the pocketbook his wife was carrying, which contained $50.

Police said Mr. Daily and his wife had just left a restaurant about 11 p.m. and were headed toward their car in the 1100 block of E. Pratt St. The three men approached the couple near the corner of Exeter and Pratt streets, one of them armed with a .22-caliber handgun, police said.

Woman in accident faces charge of theft


PIKESVILLE -- A woman who lost control of a car Saturday morning and crashed into two state police cruisers on the Northwest Expressway was charged yesterday with stealing the vehicle and giving a false name to authorities.

Alicia Sharon Robertson, 22, of Owings Mills, had given her name as Stephanie Ann Hale following the crash that slightly injured a woman and a trooper who was investigating a minor accident on I-795.

Police said Ms. Robertson was driving a stolen 1989 Chevrolet Blazer when she lost control of the vehicle in the northbound lanes, a quarter-mile north of the Beltway. It hit a concrete barrier and became airborne, landing on top of one police car, and pushing it into the rear of the other.

Ms. Robertson was released yesterday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was charged with theft, giving a false statement to police, negligent driving, driving without a license and obtaining a driver's license under the false name by misrepresentation.


She was being held last night at the Baltimore County Women's Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Vandals overturn 30 tombstones


DUNDALK -- County police are searching for Halloween vandals who overturned 30 tombstones at a Dundalk cemetery early yesterday.

The tombstones -- believed to weigh 500-1,000 pounds each -- were found toppled by Ronald Parrish, caretaker of Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery at 7501 German Hill Road, police said. Except for a few chips, the headstones appeared to be largely undamaged, Mr. Parrish said.

The vandals apparently scaled a fence surrounding the Roman Catholic cemetery around 1 a.m., police said. But it wasn't until 8 a.m., while Mr. Parrish was making his rounds of the 14-acre cemetery, that he discovered the overturned tombstones.