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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.

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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