Three robbers slash store clerk, kick customers


Three men kidnapped the clerk at a Ferndale convenience store yesterday, slashed his throat and left him on the side of the Beltway after a robbery in which they kicked the clerk and five customers in the head and face, Anne Arundel County police said.

The robbery is similar to one Tuesday at a store of the same chain in Baltimore County, authorities said.

Phillip Wade Pitts, 18, the clerk at the Royal Farm store in the 7100 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., was treated at Harbor Hospital Center and released. The customers, ranging in age from 18 to 20, were treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

The bandits walked into the store at about 2: 30 a.m., and one shouted: "Hit the floor. You know what this is," police said.

The victims complied, and the men, who kept their hands in their pockets, implying that they had weapons, kicked each customer and Pitts in the head and face and stole their wallets, police said.

The bandits also took cash from a register and ripped a security camera from a wall after trying unsuccessfully to remove the tape. They forced Pitts into a late-model, dark blue, four-door car and asked him for directions to the Beltway, police said. When they reached the interchange with the Harbor Tunnel Thruway, the robbers forced Pitts out of the car, kicked him several times in the face again and slashed his face and throat with a box cutter.

The bandits continued west on Interstate 695. Pitts flagged down a county police officer.

Police said the robbery nearly matches one Tuesday, when a man walked into the Royal Farm store in the 4300 block of Washington Boulevard in Wilkens after 1: 30 a.m. and demanded money. The man, who implied he had a weapon, took quarters from a clerk and stole money from drawers near a register, then damaged a surveillance camera and VCR.

He forced clerk Chad Feltman, 17, into a four-door blue car where a second man awaited and asked for directions to Baltimore. The men stopped on the ramp to Interstate 95 and ordered Feltman out of the car. He was not injured.

Pub Date: 12/21/96

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