Three men rob Hanover restaurant at gunpoint


Three men, one of whom spoke fluent Greek, robbed a Hanover restaurant at gunpoint early yesterday, forcing an employee and four customers to lie on the floor and binding the owner's hands with tape.

County police said the men first walked into the Timbuktu Restaurant on Dorsey Road near the Howard County line about 11:50 p.m. Sunday and began to socialize with several customers.

They left and returned about 12:15 a.m. One of the robbers struck a customer on the side of the head with a gun, causing it to discharge. Police identified the customer as Jason Lee Daly, 23, of Ellicott City.

The bandits rounded up the bartender, Mr. Daly and three other customers, forced them to lie on the floor and took cash and jewelry from them.

Police said the bandits took a gold choker chain worth $150, a gold charm necklace, a sand dollar and a gold heart worth $150 from Brenda Jean Demuth, 37, of Baltimore. They took a gold watch valued at $140, a gold necklace worth $400, a gold ring with diamonds shaped in the state of Texas worth $1,000 and a black topaz ring worth $800 from Richard William Bell, 57, of Houston, Texas.

The robbers also took $700 from Charles Max Blackburn, 57, of Bowie, and $130 from Mr. Daly, who refused treatment at the scene for the wound he received when he was hit with the gun.

After getting the money and jewelry from the customers, the men ordered the owner, Gerasimos Nicholaos Stavlas, 53, and the bartender, Matthew Harris Berkowitz, 23, into the office to open the safe and took an undetermined amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, with brown bushy hair. He spoke fluent Greek and was wearing jeans, a tan jacket and a white dress shirt.

The second suspect was between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and had a mustache and a goatee. He had short hair shaved on one side and was wearing a navy blue hat with a red emblem and a long-sleeve rugby shirt with vertical blue, red and yellow stripes.

The third suspect was described as between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a tan safari shirt and shorts. He was armed with a .32-caliber handgun.

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