Police see link in attacks on couriers


A man who attempted to rob a bank courier June 29 in Port Deposit may be the same man who tried to rob a courier outside a bank in Darlington a week earlier, state police said last week.

Investigators said the man they are looking for is white, 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

He has short, sandy-blond hair and wore light-colored clothing and black ankle boots with zippers.

The victim, a courier for County Banking and Trust, had left the branch office at 20 Craigtown Road in Port Deposit about 11 a.m. that day, when a man, who was carrying an attache case, approached and asked about a meeting at the bank.

The man pulled out an electronic stun gun and fired on the victim's hand and forearm.

The assailant, police said, also told the victim that he had a gun and would shoot him.

The courier fended off the attack and entered the bank before the assailant fled.

Witnesses in the Cecil County incident said the man fled after using a cellular telephone or hand-held radio to alert an accomplice, who picked him up near the bank in a green pickup truck.

In the June 22 incident at 1101 Main St. in Darlington, the attacker used pepper spray to assault a courier for the Forest Hill Bank about 11:45 a.m., said Sgt. Raymond Clasing, a state police investigator at the North East barracks.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Cpl. Michael Gawrych of the state police at (410) 398-8101 or the criminal investigation unit of the Harford County Sheriff's Office at (410) 838-6600.

Deputies get training in anti-drug education

Two deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office recently completed training in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. That qualifies them to teach county sixth-graders a series of 17 lessons designed to help the students avoid drugs, alcohol, violence and gangs.

Deputy Tim Impallaria and Deputy First Class Paul Mirabile completed the 80-hour course, conducted by the Maryland D.A.R.E. Office at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum includes officer-led lessons on drug resistance, self-esteem, assertiveness, stress management without drugs and decision making.

The program was implemented in county schools in 1990 after beginning in Los Angeles in 1983. It has spread to more than 250,000 classrooms in all 50 states as well as about a dozen other countries, D.A.R.E. officials said.

Deputies are chosen for the program because of their interest in working with children and their ability to maintain a positive rapport with students, school officials and people in the community.

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