3rd man charged in robbery spree Two others arrested earlier are in custody


Anne Arundel County police think they solved 11 armed robberies from Brooklyn Park to Edgewater Tuesday when they arrested one of three men suspected in the spree, which that lasted from July to October.

The others are in custody. At least one of the three also is a suspect in holdups in Baltimore and Baltimore County.

Police tracked Antonio Alonzo Baker, 34, of no fixed address, to an apartment in Freetown Village and arrested him about 6 a.m. Tuesday, police said. He was charged in four armed robberies, ** the first July 20 and the last Aug. 6.

Mr. Baker is the only suspect in three of the robberies: July 29 at a dry cleaner in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, Aug. 3 at a gas station in the 300 block of Seward Ave. in Brooklyn Park, and Aug. 6 at a discount store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway.

He is charged along with 34-year-old Byron Smoot, also of no fixed address, in a holdup July 20 at a movie theater in the 7400 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie, police said.

Mr. Smoot and James Hughes 37, of the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace were arrested together this month. Mr. Smoot was charged in two armed robberies and Mr. Hughes in one. Tuesday, police charged Mr. Smoot in nine additional holdups and Mr. Hughes in five.

Sgt. Earl Fowlkes of the robbery squad said police began to suspect the three during the investigation of the Sept. 6 robbery of a Pasadena bank.

Police arrested two men minutes after that holdup but searched for the third unsuccessfully for several hours. Later, the two who were arrested, Sylvester Stevens, 35, of the 3400 block of Parkington Ave. in Baltimore and Kedrick A. Mitchell, 28, of no fixed address gave police Mr. Smoot's name and the names of some of his acquaintances, Sergeant Fowlkes said.

"They may have all been incarcerated at one time together at the state institution," Sergeant Fowlkes said.

Police compared the descriptions given by witnesses and victims to photographs of the men the bank robbery suspects named.

They soon linked Mr. Baker and Mr. Smoot, a 5-foot-5-inch, thinly built man, to robberies in other parts of the county, where the victims described the robber as a man of short stature with a thin build, chipped front tooth and goatee.

The victims in several of the robberies also described a taller man with a dark complexion who police believe is Mr. Hughes, and police included all three in photo lineups.

Fingerprints taken from the scene in some of the robberies also pointed to members of the trio, police said.

On Oct. 5, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore officers staked out Park Heights Terrace and Park Heights Avenue in the city, where they captured Mr. Smoot and Mr. Hughes shortly after 9 a.m. Anne Arundel police said they seized a gun from Mr. Smoot and recovered two stolen cars.

Mr. Hughes later was charged by Baltimore County police in an armed robbery Sept. 5 on Frederick Road in Catonsville.

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