A 19-year-old man was shot yesterday when he charged an Anne Arundel County police officer who cornered him in the Odenton Super Fresh after the grocery had been robbed. An alleged accomplice escaped into nearby woods, county police said.
The robbery was similar to five recent supermarket holdups in the Baltimore area, police said.
Phillip Christopher Hines of the 8300 block of Catherine Ave., Pasadena, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition. His alleged accomplice, who was armed with a silver-colored handgun, remained at large yesterday, said Faye Scheibe, an Anne Arundel police spokeswoman.
Armed robbery charges against Mr. Hines are pending, police said.
Baltimore County detectives also want to question Mr. Hines in connection with four similar holdups in the western part of that county, said Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger, a Baltimore County police spokesman.
About 6:30 a.m. yesterday, two masked gunmen followed an employee into the Super Fresh store in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road, Odenton.
The store manager was on the telephone with a store employee when he heard screaming, Ms. Scheibe said. He told the employee to call police, and hung up. The gunmen looted cash drawers, and locked the manager and employees in a walk-in freezer.
Ms. Scheibe said that officers dispatched to the store saw a man carrying a bag run across Annapolis Road and into the woods.
Several officers followed the man into the woods. Others spotted another man standing near the store with a gun in his hand. When the officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, he turned and ran back into the store.
The officers followed and confronted the man, who charged Officer Dennis Stackewicz, Ms. Scheibe said. Officer Stackewicz fired his 12-gauge shotgun, hitting the man in the legs. None of the five employees in the store was hurt.
Police recovered a .22-caliber handgun from the suspect, Ms. Scheibe said.
Officers searching with a police dog for the second gunman found a bag of cash that detectives believe came from the Super Fresh.
Sergeant Doarnberger said Baltimore County detectives are trying to determine if the two robbers were involved in holdups at the Shop and Save store in the 2300 block of North Rolling Road, Catonsville, on Nov. 1; at the Super Fresh store in the 1200 block of York Road, Cockeysville, on Nov. 8; at the Value Food in the 8700 block of Liberty Road, Randallstown, on Nov. 19; and at the Super Fresh store in the 5100 block of East Drive, Landsdowne, on Dec. 30.
In all of those robberies, the robbers were armed with small-caliber handguns, they followed employees into the store as they arrived for work shortly before the store opened and forced the employees into a freezer or closet before fleeing.
The holdup yesterday also is similar to one Dec. 19 at the Value Food store in the 400 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. In that robbery, the gunmen, dressed in black sweat suits and ski masks, followed the store manager from the parking lot as he arrived for work at 6:30 a.m. and forced their way inside. They ordered the manager to put all the cash inside a trash can, then locked the employees inside a freezer before leaving.
Anne Arundel investigators say they do not know if that robbery is related to the others.