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  • David Gaines
    Jun 5, 2006
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      any news about catching the guys who shot and robbed an armored car courier of the $20,000 about a week ago at hechinger mall?
      David Gaines
      "Out of clutter, find simplicity..."
                  --Albert Einstein

      Driver Shot, Wounded in Robbery

      Armored Car Company Employee Is Attacked Outside Store

      By Del Quentin Wilber
      Washington Post Staff Writer
      Friday, May 26, 2006;  Page B04

      An armored car driver was shot and wounded during a robbery yesterday
      morning in front of a busy supermarket in Northeast Washington, authorities

      The 59-year-old driver, who was not identified because police consider him to
      be a witness, was shot in the chest and listed in stable condition at
      Washington Hospital Center, authorities said.

      The robbery took place about 10:25 a.m. when the driver walked out of a
      Safeway supermarket in the 1600 block of Maryland Avenue NE, police said.
      The driver was carrying a bag with about $20,000 in cash, a police official

      As the driver headed toward his truck, which was idling nearby, a robber
      approached and snatched the bag out of his hands, police said. The robber
      then shot the driver at least once in the chest area, police said.

      Witnesses said they heard three shots. The driver was armed with a handgun,
      but police officials said it did not appear that he was able to draw the weapon.
      The gunman and an accomplice ran away, police said.

      Carolyn Anthony was working as a clerk in a checkout lane when she heard "
      pow, pow, pow " from outside the store, she said. Customers and clerks
      scattered and ducked for cover, she said.

      A few minutes later, Anthony said, she went outside to find the wounded
      driver sitting on a chair. She said she knows him, calling him a "cool dude."

      "It is scary when something like this happens to a good man," she said.

      The gunman was described as a heavyset man, about 6 feet tall. He was
      wearing sunglasses and had shoulder-length hair. Police said the accomplice
      was about 5 feet 8 and about 170 pounds. He also was described as having
      shoulder-length hair. The assailants possibly were wearing wigs, police said.

      The robbers may have been watching the supermarket in the parking lot for
      several minutes before the heist, authorities said.

      Police urged anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 202-
      727-9099. They offer rewards of up to $10,000 in violent robberies.

      Police officials said at least one other person was in the armored car during
      the incident.

      Officials with Dunbar, the company that owns the truck, did not return calls
      seeking comment.

      A manager at the Safeway store directed calls to the company's corporate
      headquarters. A spokesman for the company also did not return calls for

      The store was closed for at least two hours.