A 27-year-old former chauffeur was arrested and held without bail on charges of murder and robbery yesterday in connection with the slaying of the director of the Hom Gallery, 2103 O St. NW, last Friday.

Michael Edward Crigger, whose last known address is 28708 Greenberry Dr. in Laytonsville, was arrested yesterday morning in a Rehoboth Beach, Del., hotel by police there. He was arrested on D.C. warrants charging him with the murder of John Brady, 29, of 451 First St. SE, and with the alleged theft of a car last month.

Brady, who had worked at the gallery since last fall, was shot in the back during a robbery at the gallery about 2:20 p.m. last Friday, police said. Brady was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital at 11:45 p.m. that night.

Crigger had visited the gallery several times in the past, and Brady was acquainted with him, police said.

Police had an outstanding warrant for Crigger's arrest because he failed to appear for a June 6 hearing in D.C. Superior Court on a charge of unauthorized use of a car. Crigger was later indicted on that charge and first degree theft in D. C. Superior Court following a complaint by his former employer, Fred Schnider of 2215 30th St. NW. Schnider alleged that Crigger stole the family car, according to court documents. Crigger had lived with the Schniders for a year while working as a chauffeur, the documents said.

After his May 18 arrest, Crigger was released on his personal recognizance in D.C. Superior Court, court documents show.

Crigger's lawyer, Linda Jacobson, declined to comment on the case.