Man robbed, pistol-whipped on college campus


An Ellicott City man sitting on a bench at Howard Community College in Columbia was robbed and pistol-whipped Tuesday night, Howard County police said.

The victim, Keith Bates, 29, said the gunman approached and demanded money about 9:45 p.m., police said. Although Mr. Bates handed over money, the robber struck him in the face and fled in a white Ford Mustang with another man, police said. Mr. Bates was cut under one eye, police said.

The robber was described as white, in his early 20s, with brown hair, thin mustache and goatee. He wore a red Chicago Bulls hat and black sweat shirt. There was no description of the second man.

Memorial service planned for Columbia official

A memorial service for Robert R. Krawczak, the Columbia Association's chief financial officer who died Monday, will be dTC held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center on Cradlerock Way.

As financial officer for nine years, Mr. Krawczak, 50, of Hickory Ridge village is credited with improving the financial condition of the nonprofit association, overseeing its deficit-reduction program and helping it to obtain upgraded credit ratings.

The cause of his death had not been determined yesterday.

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