Two men charged in armed robbery Jan. 12 of Giant store in Wilde Lake


Howard County police said yesterday they have charged two men with using a shotgun and assault weapon to rob the Wilde Lake Giant in Columbia on Jan. 12.

Police said one suspect, Armistead Duvon Myers III, 25, formerly of Columbia, was arrested yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

The other suspect, Duane Ellis Curtis, 23, of the 1200 block St. Agnes Lane, Baltimore, was charged Tuesday. Curtis was in state custody on other charges. Each man was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

A state corrections spokesman said Curtis began serving a five-year sentence for narcotics violations Feb. 28 at the Brockbridge Correctional Facility in Jessup.

Myers served part of a three-year sentence for larceny and was released in April 1997. Two months ago, he was accused of failing to appear in three separate cases involving alleged narcotics violations, assault and failure to pay child support, and was jailed in Howard County, according to Melanie C. Pereira, county corrections administrator.

In addition, Myers is facing assault and resisting-arrest charges in Montgomery County, she said.

According to Sgt. John Superson, a Howard police spokesman, the two men were charged after a "cooperating individual" gave robbery detectives information on the case. He did not elaborate.

Barry F. Scher, a spokesman for Giant, said yesterday, "I'm glad to hear that news."

The robbery took place just before the 11 p.m. closing that night when two men wearing ski masks entered the store brandishing weapons. They forced two employees and four customers to the floor. The man with the shotgun watched those in the store while the other man kicked in the office door and rifled through cash drawers. The men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a red sport utility vehicle.

The holdup was one in a string of violent crimes in Columbia over several months, and the third armed robbery that week. The crimes apparently were not related, police said.

Pub Date: 10/22/99

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