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Teens Arrested in Two Columbia Robberies

Police arrested three teens and a 20-year-old man in two robberies.

Howard County Police Cruiser - Credit: Diana Soliwon
Howard County Police Cruiser - Credit: Diana Soliwon
Police made four arrests after investigating two separate pedestrian robberies in Columbia Wednesday.

According to police, a boy was walking along a bike path near the 5400 block of Wild Turkey Lane toward Harpers Choice Village Center around 1 p.m., when he was held up by two young men. 

One of the men pulled out a revolver, pointed it at the boy and demanded his iPhone and sunglasses. The boy was able to push the suspect's arm away and flee to an open garage nearby, police said, where he called 911.

He told police he knew the suspects and after an investigation, police were able to arrest and charge the suspects with armed robbery and weapons charges. Desmond Aaron Moore, 20, of Baltimore and a 17-year-old Columbia boy were arrested and charged.

In the second robbery, two teens—ages 13 and 15—reportedly punched a girl in the face as she walked along the 9700 block of Broken Land Parkway around 8:30 p.m. and stole her cell phone.  

After being punched, police said, the girl yelled for help and the two boys dropped the cell phone and fled, said police. Another girl was with the two boys at the time of the incident and police were able to locate her. She was able to identify the two boys who were arrested.

The teens' names were not released due to their age.
karl.pov July 27, 2013 at 02:28 PM
"One of the men pulled out a revolver" -- where did the revolver come from? Was it in the legal possession of the man who pulled it? Borrowed from a friend or relative? Stolen? I think this information should be included in any crime story involving firearms.
Bita Dayhoff July 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
They should all be charged as adults.
Jessica July 29, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Two boys, 13 and 15, punched a girl in the face. Great job parents! Great job.
Sanchez July 29, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Jessica, many black men have little respect for women. It may go backto seeing their mothers with so many men coming and going.
Sanchez July 29, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Oh, you said "Great job parents!" Bet it is not "parents".

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