Police briefs

October 23, 2004

Police investigating drug store robbery

SMITHSBURG - Home Care Pharmacy at Md. 64 and Md. 77 was robbed at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

The robber was described as a white man, possibly in his mid 30s or early 40s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium build and weighing 160 to 180 pounds.

He was wearing a green knee-length coat, blue jeans and brown shoes.

The robber was seen with another man before the robbery, police said. The second man was described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, with short hair. He was wearing a white, untucked dress shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information may call Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101.

Man threatens police and to burn house

SMITHSBURG - A man who threatened to burn his house down Monday - then threw knives at a police officer - was arrested Friday after he was released from a hospital, Smithsburg Police said in a news release.


William Howard Bobbitt, 38, of 51 Byron Drive in Smithsburg, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Bobbitt's bond was set at $10,000. He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on Friday night.

Police said Bobbitt barricaded himself in his home on Monday.

After Bobbitt poured gasoline on the floor and threatened to burn the house, police tried for an hour to convince him to come out, the news release said.

When police went inside, Bobbitt threw several kitchen knives at Smithsburg Police Chief Michael Potter, narrowly missing him, police said.

Bobbitt then struck Potter in the chest, starting a scuffle that ended with police using pepper spray to stop him, police said.

Police said Bobbitt suffered an injury, but the reason he was taken to a hospital was unclear.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department assisted on the call.

Man drives car into 2 vehicles after chase

FREDERICK, Md. - Shortly after police stopped chasing a man in a Silver Lincoln Navigator on Friday afternoon, he crashed into two vehicles on North Market Street and had to stop, Frederick Police said in a news release.

Police said Paul Alexander Sill Jr., 33, of 228 E. 7th St. in Frederick, drove away from officers who were investigating a report of destruction of property in the 500 block of East Church Street.

When Sill wouldn't stop in the area of East 7th Street, Officer Michael Auge called off the chase, police said.

But at North Market and East 16th streets, Sill's Navigator hit a southbound vehicle and a northbound vehicle, police said.

Police said Sill got out of his vehicle around Thomas Johnson Middle School on Schifferstadt Boulevard and ran.

Witnesses helped officers find and apprehend Sill, police said.

No charges had been filed as of Friday evening.

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