Police Chase Robbery Suspects on York Road

The chase was the result of an armed robbery at Burger King.

(Updated 11:37 a.m., Aug. 24)—An armed robbery at a fast food restaurant resulted in a police chase along York Road and through downtown Towson on Tuesday afternoon.

At 3:22 p.m., four men robbed approximately $500 from the Burger King in the 900 block of York Road, according to police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton. The men were spotted by police, who chased the red Toyota Corolla in which the men were traveling southbound on York Road.

Upon encountering traffic at Towsontown Boulevard, the men stopped and fled from the car..

Three of the men were arrested nearby at 3:50 p.m., while a fourth climbed the Dunkin' Donuts in the 100 block of York Road. A county police helicopter spotted the man and he was arrested.

The identities of the four men were not immediately available.

Police blocked the entrance outside the Dunkin' Donuts, American Legion and Papa John's Pizza for at least half of an hour for the investigation. The southbound lane of York Road and eastbound lane of Towsontown Boulevard on that block were also closed.

Eyewitnesses told Patch they saw police cars speeding through Towson, and officers running to the scene with guns pulled.

The robbery was the only major incident reported in Towson in the aftermath of the

johnny towson August 25, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Baltimore CIty's transgression and violent crime clearly impacts the surrounding counties. You dont have to do much research to uncover empirical citations; how about this recent update from a few hours ago: http://parkville.patch.com/articles/cedonia-man-arrested-in-jack-pine-place-murder Baltimore is in need of serious repair and no sensible action plans are in place. Accordingly, the County will suffer.
Ben Kiev August 25, 2011 at 01:11 AM
SteveK, No problem. I will/do stay out of the city. Now, do you think you could arrange for your friends from the city to stay out of the county?? Let's see whose crime rates are the lowest after you make that arrangement....mmmmmmkay?
SteveK August 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM
My only point is that the responses betrayed a knee-jerk reaction that assumes that all crime emanates from the City, without proof at the time that City folks were involved. I was trying to underscore that this narrow and perhaps biased viewpoint is not productive. Now that I've stated my point directly I withdraw from this thread. Thanks.
Bart August 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM
SteveK: Please forgive the nasty city-bashing responses. They are coming from fear-mongering types (flash-mobs! mall-riots! floridated water!) who find solace in that the problem is----OVER-THERE------------! And not here. Being a city native myself, with many relatives still in the city, I just love it. Crime is everywhere, and considering the rest of the problems we all must face daily, a minor concern for most people.
johnny towson August 25, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Bart, it is no minor concern for Baltimore city. 1 out of every 3,200 residents of Baltimore City will be murdered this year. As to fear mongering, the reality we face as a society today, is that flash mobs and mall exposes are trending. I would like our communities to deal with the problem before tragedy occurs. Brazen crime, such as the incidents recently reported over the past several months, in the County, the City and elsewhere in the state, to this citizen, neighbor and father, all the warning I need to encourage me to express my concerns. The spring for this problem is clearly Baltimore City, its escalating decay, and policy ignorant of the needs of many of its neighborhoods. Pretending there isnt a problem is part of the problem.
Dan August 25, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Also...since it won't let me respond to SteveK directly...you say that nobody had proof? I definitely do, and did at the time of my postings. At least 2 of the 4 were from the city.
Bart August 25, 2011 at 04:26 PM
If you remove the Drug Turf murders from the statistics, Baltimore City's murder rate is not too bad. It is a city, with its inherent crime problems, but no areas are immune from crime. Even the county. There are criminals in Randallstown, Dundalk, Owings Mills and Towson. We see it every day.
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Baltimore isn't even in the Top 10 "Most Dangerous Cities" in the US. http://www.forbes.com/sites/francescalevy/2010/10/12/real-estate-lifestyle-danger-housing-cities/2/
Mark W. August 25, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Robert: Check out number 10: http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/23/most-dangerous-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-dangerous-american-cities_slide_7.html In case you would like to cast further doubt read on: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/02/16/the-11-most-dangerous-cities http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/05/the-10-most-dangerous-cities-in-america/239513/ http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/112804/most-dangerous-cities-247
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 05:54 PM
My data is more current.
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Even CQ with the most current data lists Baltimore as #11 http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf I travel around the city almost every day. I've never felt unsafe. Meanwhile my neighbor who hasn't set foot in the city in 6 years is constantly railing about how dangerous it is and how it is falling down the tubes. He is constantly trying to link the Light rail to county crime (and he has never ridden it). Finally I figured it out. He is just afraid of non whites.
johnny towson August 25, 2011 at 06:25 PM
The statistics you cite include the expanded geography metric. This was employed to lessen the impact of Baltimore City's blight. The metric applied here is the Baltimore and Baltimore north geography which includes parts of the County. So far this year, 1 out of every 3,200 residents in the city will be murdered by year end. Dont really care how you wish to massage the data or excuse the ruthless behavior, murder is murder and Baltimore year in and year out winds up as one of the Nation's highest per capita murderous cities.
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Then when you look at all cities Baltimore is ranked 47th. http://shareranks.faqs.org/994,Highest-Murder-Rate-US-Cities
johnny towson August 25, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Robert, anyway you organize it, list it or rank it, over 200 people will be murdered in Baltimore this year. 200 people dead due to violent crime. There is nothing defensible about Baltimore's murder problem.
Tyler Waldman August 25, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Hi everyone, We have an update on this story here: http://towson.patch.com/articles/police-arrest-five-following-armed-robbery-chase
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 08:04 PM
If you aren't involved in the drug game your chance of being murdered is Baltimore is practically Nil.
Bart August 25, 2011 at 08:06 PM
johnny, if you remove the drug related killings from the total murders, you're left with a quite small number. Moral of the story is: If you're not a drug dealer, chances are, you're not likely to be murdered. Now: are you a drug dealer? My guess is no.
johnny towson August 25, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Listen to yourselves! Murder is murder. It is not a good thing for our City and communities. Whatever the cause, the current symptoms are over 200 murders. It needs to be addressed. The violence impacts everyone starting with the innocents closest to the violence. I would hope we all care about this City beyond the likelihood of our survival. I would hope we still care about our collective well being; or perhaps Robert and Bart, you represent the very essence of our ignorance.
Bart August 25, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Of course it's not a good thing for "our" City and the surrounding communities. And of course it must be addressed, but the people involved in the majority of the murders in Baltimore are not the same ones who are likely to take a trip out York Road and hold up the Burger King.....after the earthquake!!! Treat the drug problem as a medical problem, take away the profit motive, and the killings over turf end. But please don't wring your hands and try and frighten every person going into the city for any reason that they are certain to be murdered. Get a grip!
Bart August 25, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Yes....you've got it. It's "them". I've chosen to live in a very mixed community so my kids didn't grow up to be afraid of "them". We frequently travel into the city for restaurants, entertainment and the Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Always feel safe. We take the Light Rail. Neighbors in this Towson neighborhood are Muslin, Latino, black and white. We like it this way. But show us a pickup truck with a confederate flag on it - now we're worried.
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 09:07 PM
LOL Flash mobs aren't really that high on my list of things to worry about.
johnny towson August 25, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Bart your analysis is foolish, shortsighted, shallow and selfish. The murder problem (and violent crime) is not unique to one source, cause or demographic. Poverty, fear, education are all tangible precursors to the drug and morality problems. We have to make reasonable decisions and take responsibility for our lives if we have the capacity to do the same; on both ends of the spectrum and at every space in between. Your ignorance of all of the people 1 degree or 1 day separated from tragedy and oppression is what makes me concerned that the people whom arent on drugs and comitting murder are blind hosts to the self-destructive decay that is consuming our communities.
Bart August 25, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Now, you're mixing apples and oranges. Surely the solutions to most of the problems of the city are a strong public school system, intact families, good health care, strong communities. On this I'm sure we can agree. But to say that the city as a whole is dangerous is how this topic got started. Baltimore City, in its entirety is much like other urban areas. My point is that so long as you're not involved in illegal drugs, and diligent, you're probably pretty safe.
Mark W. August 25, 2011 at 09:36 PM
No it is not. Your forbes article is from 2010, while the USNews article is from Feb 2011.
Mark W. August 25, 2011 at 09:38 PM
It is not just murder that goes into making a city dangerous it is VIOLENT crime ALL violent crime. Baltimore ranks near the top in aggravated assault charges. You claim you love the city, I am sure you spend your time "on the other side" of MLK and not in trendy neighborhoods like Harbor East, Federal Hill, and Mt. Vernon. HA
Mark W. August 25, 2011 at 09:43 PM
137 to date.You can check for daily updates here: http://essentials.baltimoresun.com/micro_sun/homicides/
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 09:45 PM
I travel all over the city including both sides of MLK. Matter of fact I took my wife to the Hamilton Tavern last night and had an awesome dinner. We have dinner downtown 4 or 5 nights a week. Another good spot is Bistro RX right on the NE corner of Patterson Park.
Bart August 25, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Hamilton Tavern: great burgers! Patterson Park: Bowling and Matthews Pizza. Fun for all! Johnny Rad's for snacks after bowling. Slainte' in Fells Point for great fish and chips. One of my kids lives in Canton, another in Butchers Hill, Yes, I know the city, was born and raised there. I feel quite safe, with caution, as you must be everywhere.
Robert Armstrong August 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM
I guess I should have thrown Samos in their too. Sometimes when I am on the other side of Patterson Park at the Taphouse I will order a pizza from Matthews.
mike crusoe August 26, 2011 at 12:27 AM


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