Pair with shotgun rob Severn man at pay phone, steal his car


Two men with a sawed-off shotgun robbed a Severn man while he talked on a pay phone outside a Columbia ice rink Tuesday night, police said.

Christopher P. Murphy, 28, a construction worker, said he stopped at the telephone in the 5800 block of Thunderhill Road about 11:45 p.m.

"I was on my way home after hanging out in Columbia and I stopped to call a friend," Mr. Murphy said. "I was on the phone for two or three minutes when I saw the men coming around the side of the building."

Mr. Murphy said one of the robbers held the shotgun to the right side of his ribs while the other rummaged through his 1992 blue Chevrolet Camaro.

One robber drove the car to the rear of the ice rink, where the first man ordered Mr. Murphy to lie on the ground. The two men took his wallet, which contained credit cards but no cash, and drove away in his car, Maryland registration ABB383.

"I wasn't even finished paying it off. I don't expect to see it again," Mr. Murphy said.

After the robbery, Mr. Murphy walked to the nearby Last Chance Saloon and called the police.

"I've traveled to New York City and a couple of other places and I never thought this would happen in Columbia," Mr. Murphy said. "I can't be afraid, just a little wiser."

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspects. The number for the hot line is 276-8888.

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