GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ)—Police arrested a suspect accused of assaulting a 61-year-old woman in the parking lot of Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie.
Weijia Jiang has more.
Police say the victim is recovering in critical but stable condition. They say it was tips from the public that led them to the man who’s responsible.
Anne Arundel County Police say André Ennis, 40, is the man who attacked a 61-year-old woman in the Macy’s parking lot of Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie, beating and robbing her Wednesday evening.
“Officers on scene located a 61-year-old female suffering a head injury,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police.
“It just doesn’t make sense. This stuff doesn’t happen here,” said Jennifer Flint, Glen Burnie.
Police say the victim’s purse and car were missing from the scene, but the vehicle was later found at Sassafras Street and Pennington Avenue in Baltimore.
“That is just terrible. It just seems like they’ll get anybody. It is scary,” Christina Holthaus, Glen Burnie.
Court records show Ennis has a lengthy criminal history. H e pleaded guilty to armed robbery in 2002, resulting in a 10-year prison sentence. He is also wanted in Baltimore for beating and robbing a man back in February.
Investigators say they found Ennis just before 11 a.m. Friday. They arrested him at a Brooklyn Park Motel along Ritchie Highway without incident.
“That’s a big relief,” said Cookie Welch, Glen Burnie. “I hope he gets the help he needs.”
Though locals are glad to hear police have a suspect in custody, many are concerned about potential copycats.
“It’s too close to home,” said Tom Carey, Glen Burnie. “Crime around here is getting pretty bad.”
In a statement, the Marley Station management says security is a priority and that shoppers and mall employees can ask for escorts to the parking lot.
Police will formally charge Ennis with robbery, assault and theft.
They are also investigating whether Ennis is linked to other similar crimes in the area.