Second man charged in store holdup

Anne Arundel County police have arrested the second man wanted in a botched food store holdup in Odenton that ended when one of the gunmen charged an officer and was shot in the legs with a shotgun.

Jermaine Xavier Miller, 20, of the first block of Tremaine Court in Baltimore, was driving his red 1987 Mercedes in the Woodlawn area about 7 p.m. Thursday when he was stopped by Baltimore County police.


Anne Arundel police had a warrant charging him with the Jan. 6 holdup of a Super Fresh grocery store in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road. According to investigators, Mr. Miller and his accomplice, Phillip Christopher Hines, 23, forced their way into the store about 6:30 a.m. and demanded money from the employees, who had just arrived for work.

The two men are charged in connection with three other Anne Arundel robberies, and Baltimore County police want to question them about four robberies there.


An employee thwarted the Jan. 6 robbery when she said she was on the phone with the police. Officers arrived as the gunmen were about to run outside. According to charging documents, Mr. Hines was shot after he ran toward an officer in the store, yelling, "bang, bang."

Mr. Miller, who eluded officers by running into woods, was held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 bond, police said. Mr. Hines, who lives in the 8300 block of Catherine Ave., was in serious, stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The two men also are charged with the Dec. 19 robbery of a Valu Food store in the 400 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and the Nov. 7 and Nov. 22 robberies at Morrison's Cafeteria in the 100 block of Jennifer Road in Annapolis, Anne Arundel police spokeswoman Faye Scheibe said.

In the Valu Food robbery, the gunmen, wearing 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 in a trash can, then locked the employees in a freezer before leaving.

Baltimore County detectives want to question Mr. Hines and Mr. Miller about the holdups at the Shop and Save store in the 2300 block of N. Rolling Road in Catonsville Nov. 1; the Super Fresh store in the 1200 block of York Road in Cockeysville Nov. 8; the Valu Food in the 8700 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown Nov. 19; and the Super Fresh store in the 5100 block of East Drive in Lansdowne Dec. 30.