Juvenile Robbed Outside Columbia Mall: Police

The victim left barefoot, according to Howard County police.

Mall in Columbia
Mall in Columbia

A young man was robbed outside The Mall in Columbia over the weekend, police said Wednesday.

Five people approached the boy sometime between 8:30 and 9:50 p.m. Saturday, and one of them threatened him, demanding his shoes and phone, according to the report.

Police said the boy complied and then left the scene, in 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway.

The robbery was reported on Tuesday night, according to police, who said the investigation was ongoing Wednesday.

Brook Hubbard February 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM
1) Where were the police and security? You'd think they'd have stepped things up after recent events. 2) Why did the boy just leave the scene and not report anything for several days? Something sounds fishy here.
k February 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM
It's certainly not the first time roving gangs of thugs have robbed someone at this mall as these scenarios have been in the patch time after time. The increase in crime and the lack of security at this mall are very concerning, but I'd bet there is more to this story. Why is this juvenile walking around alone in a location remote enough to get robbed? Where are his parents? Why the delay in reporting?
Roberto February 20, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Drug deal gone bad?
D Sampson February 20, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Another reason why I'll be moving, too much crime. I can't even walk on my neighborhood's beautiful path. I feel like a prisoner.
woodbine5 February 20, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Columbia Mall is no longer a family friendly place to go anymore. My daughter works at the mall and has told me that there is sooo much more crime going on there on a daily basis that is not reported because the Mall doesn't want to scare people away. It is a dangerous place to go, especially in the evenings.
Brook Hubbard February 20, 2014 at 08:57 AM
You obviously must have never lived anywhere else in a major metropolitan area. Howard County is better than Arundel or Montgomery county and a veritable paradise compared to Baltimore or Prince George's. If you feel trapped here, your best bet is to move to the middle of nowhere.
woodbine5 February 20, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Let me see if I can follow your reasoning: Other places are worse then Columbia Mall, so we should be "happy" that we have less crime here? How ridiculous! How about NO crime. Oh, but that would require parental supervision of the kids that troll that place at night, increased police and mall security presence, actually reporting by the mall....geee someone would actually have to take some responsibility. Oh, now I get your "reasoning" (sarcasm)
Brook Hubbard February 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Woodbine, I never said people should be "happy" with any crime. I was responding to D Sampson's hyperbolic comments about being afraid and feeling like a prisoner. Some perspective shows that, while still not perfect, we are far better off than many other suburban locales. Instead of talking about leaving, fear, etc., we should look into what can be done. I know our neighborhood never had a single burglary, robbery, or violent crime, yet we still started a neighborhood watch for issues like loitering and unruly neighbors. We never said we were scared to go out or call the police, and today our community has become more peaceful because of it.
leo schwarz February 20, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Be safe, be aware, be smart. Don't find yourself in an untenable position by being aware of where you are and who and what is around you. This isn't Mayberry. Lots of knee-jerk reactions to a minor incident. Yes, there are crum-bums who frequent the Mall. Good luck at finding a place to live with a quality of living level such as Columbia that has no crime.
james smith February 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Knee jerk reactions??!! There should be a lot of knee jerk reactions!! Look at the high property taxes in Columbia, and ask yourself, where are the police? What do the government officials do, put the tax monies into their pockets and not hire any policemen? This is downtown Columbia, and you never see a policeman patrolling on foot!! Why not?
leo schwarz February 24, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Foot patrols are a very inefficient way to provide police services. The police will not protect you, in any jurisdiction, from Harlem to Malibu. Property taxes are a lot higher in Baltimore. Actually, I see plenty of police in the Town Center, Wilde Lake and Town Center areas. But they can't be everywhere.
Anne February 25, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Tom Joyce, the director of security for the Mall during the now infamous shooting @ Zumiez & the public relations disaster occasioned by banning the homeless from the Mall, has been removed from his position. He joins the former Mall manager, Katie Essing in being "transferred" to another location. I would prefer that they BOTH meet @ the unemployment line!
k February 25, 2014 at 08:48 PM
I'll just go ahead and ask the most obvious question: What mall security? I always thought they were a legend like Big Foot or the Loch Ness monster.


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