Robbers failed once, then tried again, police say


Would-be robbers who apparently failed in one attempt Sunday night in Annapolis ran down the street and tried again, police said. The second time they were caught.

According to police reports, the first robbery attempt occurred about 8:20 p.m. in the first block of West Street. Mathias Eichelberger, 26, of the 1100 block of Murray Drive; Tracy Wellens, 28, of the same address; and William Remington, 44, of the first block of West St.; were leaving the Ram's Head Tavern when two men approached them.

One pushed Mr. Eichelberger and sprayed him with a chemical. He also was hit in the head and knocked to the ground. Ms. Wellens was struck and sprayed in the eyes, and Mr. Remington was sprayed as well.

As the assailants tried to take Mr. Eichelberger's wallet, Ms. Wellens' screams began to attract attention of several people in the area, and the two men fled.

Several minutes later, Michael C. Michalecz, 23, of Edgewater was walking in the 100 block of Franklin St. toward the Anne Arundel Medical Center when three men approached him and demanded his money. When he refused, he was struck on the back of the head by what he believed to be a gun and his wallet was stolen.

Moments later, three men were apprehend by police who saw them running away.

Police said Eric Dwight Crowdy, 23, of the 1200 block Stonewood Court was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of assault and battery, and was being held at the county jail on $675,000 bond; Darin Troy Bynum, 26, of the 1100 block of President St. was being held without bond on two charges of armed robbery; and Jamal Hayes, 21, of the 700 block Newtowne Drive was held on $175,000 bond, charged with one count of robbery and one count assault and battery.

AACC official to speak

at Shady Side luncheon

Vincent Leggett, an administrator at Anne Arundel Community College and a former member of the county Board of Education, will speak tomorrow at the Winter Luncheon Series sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.

His topic is "Blacks of the Chesapeake Bay -- A Part of Maryland Maritime History." The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 Shady Side Road.

Admission is $6.

Information: 867-2866.

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