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3 Ferndale teen-agers are charged in mugging


A Ferndale youth was charged as an adult with armed robbery yesterday morning in a mugging in the 6400 block of Centennial Circle, county police said.

Ryan S. Rupprecht, 21, parked his car about 2:50 a.m. and was walking to his home when three youths accosted him, police said. One of them pulled out a handgun and ordered Mr. Rupprecht to empty his pockets. He complied, handing over an undisclosed amount of money to the youths, who ran toward the back of his home, police said.

Mr. Rupprecht called police, who used a K-9 unit to track the youths 300 yards from the back of Mr. Rupprecht's house to the back door of a house in the 6400 block of Union Court. Three youths in the house were identified by Mr. Rupprecht and arrested. Officers found a gun in the house, police said.

Robert Lee Reynolds, 16, who lives in the house where police made the arrests, was charged with armed robbery as an adult. Two Ferndale boys, ages 14 and 15, were charged as juveniles with the same offense and released to their parents, police said.

Man threatens clerk, robs 7-Eleven store

A man used a threatening note yesterday morning to rob a 7-Eleven store of a small amount of cash, including a $10 roll of quarters, county police said.

Eunice Hunter, 33, said the man came in the store, in the 5600 block of Ritchie Highway, about 2:20 a.m. and handed her a note that said she would be shot if she didn't obey him.

The man ordered Ms. Hunter to give him money from the cash register and the safe. Ms. Hunter complied, and the man ran from the store to a green pickup truck parked on Seward Avenue, police said. Ms. Hunter said someone waiting in the truck drove it away.

The robber was described as a white male 25 to 27 years old, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, police said. He had brown, wavy, shoulder-length hair and wore a red cap, a red T-shirt and jeans.

Pa. man found dead in Linthicum hotel

A Lancaster, Pa., man was found dead yesterday morning in his room in a Linthicum hotel, county police said.

Housekeepers at the BWI Marriott Hotel, in the 1700 block of W. Nursery Road, found the body of Ronald G. Shank, 53, about 10:30 a.m., in a sitting position between two beds.

The housekeepers called 911, but paramedics did not try to revive Mr. Shank, who had been dead "for some time," police and fire officials said. The body had no wounds, bruises, cuts or other signs of trauma, police said. Neither fire officials nor police could give a more specific estimate of how long Mr. Shank had been dead.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.

Man charged with failure to pay taxi driver

County police arrested a man Tuesday evening and charged him with failing to pay a taxi driver and having an open container of malt liquor in the cab, a police report said.

Irvin Willard, 53, a driver for Associated Cab, picked up a man in Glen Burnie and drove him to the Cromwell Station light rail stop, arriving about 6:50 p.m.

When the man told Mr. Willard he didn't have the $3.20 fare, the driver flagged down Officer Roger Crawford, who was patrolling the area.

Marc Leon Robinson, 24, of no fixed address, was charged with misdemeanor theft and an open-container violation.

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