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Elkridge woman is held up, forced to withdraw ATM cash In another incident, 2 men rob Columbia restaurant


A 20-year-old Elkridge woman was held up at gunpoint and forced to withdraw cash from an ATM machine early yesterday, police said.

In another incident, two robbers stole more than $3,000 from a Columbia restaurant Wednesday, police said.

About 12: 35 a.m. yesterday, the Elkridge woman was washing (( her car at the Water Works Car Wash in the 6300 block of Old Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, spokesman for the Howard County police.

Two men approached her and asked for directions to Interstate 95. Suddenly, one man brandished a handgun and demanded money, Carroll said.

The woman didn't have any cash, so the men forced her into their car and drove to a nearby cash machine, police said.

The woman withdrew an undisclosed amount of money, and the robbers fled, Carroll said.

"People should be very leery of isolated locations in the early morning hours," Carroll said.

In the Wednesday afternoon incident, two men robbed the T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in Columbia after eating lunch, police said.

One man forced the manager at gunpoint into the office and stole about $3,230 before fleeing, police said.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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