Suspect in an Armed Robbery Crashes on Rt. 40
[April 19, 2013, Bel Air, MD] — On April 19, 2013 at approximately 3:00pm Harford County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Third-Base Liquors, 2029 South Fountain Green Road in Bel Air. Upon arrival deputies learned a black male wearing a Burka, which was covering his entire face with the exception of his eyes, had entered the store and engaged the clerk in a discussion about beer. The suspect reportedly altered his voice to represent himself as a female. The suspect chose a case of beer and when the clerk stooped over to pick it up the suspect displayed a handgun and announced the robbery. After giving the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash the suspect left the store and got into a white SUV. An alert passerby who thought something was suspicious copied the tag number of the vehicle and reported it to police.
A short while later police saw the suspect vehicle on Rt. 40 at Rt. 755 in Edgewood and turned on the vehicle to stop it. The suspect vehicle then fled west bound on Rt. 40. Sheriff's deputies pursued the vehicle. As the suspect vehicle approached Pine Ave. in Joppa it clipped a car that was making a turn. This contact caused the suspect to lose control and the vehicle rolled several times ejecting and critically injuring the driver. The driver was treated at the scene and subsequently transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Medivac. Rt. 40 west of Rt. 152 was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash and collected evidence believe connected to the robbery. There were no other injuries reported at either the scene of the robbery or the scene of the crash. The driver has not yet been identified and detectives are investigating if this robbery was connected to an armed robbery that had occurred earlier today in the 2400 block of Churchville Road in Bel Air. Witnesses in that case also reported a white SUV as a suspect vehicle. Investigation is continuing.