Suspect in robbery attempt arrested


County police arrested a Davidsonville man after an attempted robbery at a Central Avenue gas station.

A clerk at the station identified the man from a picture he allowed police to snap.

Ricky Lee Pickle, 31, of the 3700 block of Birdsville Road in Davidsonville was charged with assault with intent to rob, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and the use of a handgun to commit a crime, according to Annapolis District Court records. He was released Tuesday morning on $50,000 bond.

Police said they were led to Mr. Pickle by Margaret Estep, the clerk who foiled the robbery attempt Sept. 14 at Catlett's Amoco in the 500 block of Central Ave.

Ms. Estep told police that a man brandishing a silver handgun burst into the store connected to the station about 10 p.m. and demanded "all your money." He fled when Ms. Estep asked, "What money?" hit the alarm button and picked up the telephone.

Ms. Estep recognized the man when he walked in to the gas station a few days later. She copied down the tag number of his car and called police, according to the charging documents.

Detective Todd Young of the county police robbery unit caught up with Mr. Pickle Nov. 11 and asked him to go to the Southern District station. He told Mr. Pickle he was a suspect in an investigation and asked whether he would agree to have his picture taken, according to the charging documents.

Mr. Pickle consented, and Detective Young showed Ms. Estep a photo lineup that included the man's picture Dec. 29. She identified him as the man who had tried to rob the gas station, according to the charging documents.

Detective Young obtained a warrant for Mr. Pickle's arrest Jan. 3. He was taken into custody Tuesday.

Mr. Pickle could receive as much as 10 years in prison on the assault with intent to rob charge and a maximum of 20 years each on the two remaining charges.

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