Man, 22, wanted in armed robberies is arrested


A 22-year-old East Columbia man wanted in several armed robberies in Montgomery County was arrested Saturday night after police found him returning to his home and briefly chased his vehicle, Howard County police said.

Derwayne Loneil Pitt, of the 9300 block of Indian Camp Road in the Oakland Mills Village, was taken to the Southern District Police Station in Scaggsville Saturday for processing, police said.

He was turned over to Montgomery County authorities, who charged him with four counts of armed robbery and handgun violations, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman said yesterday.

Howard County police say they plan to charge Mr. Pitt with attempting to elude police.

The Howard County investigation began about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after 911 operators broadcast an area-wide lookout for a red Isuzu or Nissan four-wheel drive that had been used in an armed robbery in Wheaton.

According to Montgomery County police, a man robbed a Texaco station in Wheaton at 9:10 p.m. A man with a similar description committed three separate robberies of citizens walking along the street in Wheaton shortly afterward, they said.

Howard County police began searching in Columbia after the vehicle's tags were traced to a Columbia address.

About 10 p.m., an officer on bicycle patrol spotted the vehicle on Indian Camp Road in Oakland Mills, where Mr. Pitt lives. The officer drew his gun and ordered the driver to stop, but the driver sped away. He eventually was stopped and arrested on Loring Drive in Owen Brown village.

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