2 arrested after woman, 4 children are tied up by robbers in Cherry Hill


The name of a Baltimore police officer who helped arrest and disarm two people in a Cherry Hill home invasion Saturday was spelled incorrectly in Sunday's editions. The officer is Derek Phyall of the Southern District.

The Sun regrets the errors.

A man and a teen-age boy were arrested yesterday on charges of tying up a woman and four children during a robbery at the victims' home in Cherry Hill, police said.

The suspects were captured when the woman's screams alerted neighbors, who called police.

Detective Bernard White of the robbery squad said Tisha Smallwood, 27, let a man and a teen-ager into her rowhouse in the 1100 block of Slater Road about 8 a.m. when they told her they were delivering flowers, balloons and a teddy bear to her.

White said that after being admitted to the house, the two brandished handguns, threatened to kill the occupants and tied up Smallwood with a telephone cord. They held her at gunpoint in her bedroom with her 6-year-old son, whose name police declined to release.

The robbers locked three other children -- Smallwood's two sons and niece, ages 2 to 9 -- in a bedroom closet after taping their mouths shut, White said.

Neighbors heard Smallwood's screams and called 911, police said.

When Officers Derek Fhyall and Angelique Cook-Hayes arrived, they disarmed the robbers and freed Smallwood and the children, none of whom was harmed.

Officers recovered from the robbers two handguns and a few hundred dollars that belonged to Smallwood, police said.

Smallwood, who is staying with relatives, said she plans to move out of the house, where she has lived for three years.

"I don't even know how I feel," Smallwood said. "I can't talk. I'm just glad me and my kids are all right."

White said Gregory Means, 19, of the 500 block of Collington Ave., was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and using a handgun in commission of a felony. Samuel Mumford, 15, of the 3100 block of Elmora Ave. was charged as an adult with the same offenses, White said.

He said they were being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center. Bail hearings are scheduled for today.

Pub Date: 4/07/97

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