BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are searching for the brazen man accused of robbing a Maryland gas station Monday, before crashing his getaway car, then carjacking another getaway vehicle.
The Howard County Police Department reports the robbery happened at 10:45 a.m., at the Crown station located in the 6300 block of Dobbin Rd., in Columbia.
Responding officers were told that a man wearing a grey hoodie and grey pants went into the store, before taking out a handgun and demanding money.
The robbery made off with cash, before leaving in a car that had been reported stolen in another county.
Customers hearing about the crime are stunned.
“That’s very alarming for me,” said one customer. “I didn’t know anything like that happened.”
Minutes later, police got a call about a carjacking involving the robbery suspect at the intersection of Dobbin Rd. and Old Dobbin Ln.
“He then struck a car on a nearby roadway at an intersection, before getting out of the vehicle, pointing a handgun at that driver, forcing her out of the car, and taking her vehicle,” said Howard County Police Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewelyn.
The suspect drove off in the woman’s red MINI Cooper with a white top, with MD tag 4BZ1261. They say the MINI Cooper has front-end damage after the crash.
Anyone with information on this case or who sees the suspect or the stolen vehicle should call 911.