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Police Respond to Attempted Robbery Near Arundel Mills

Police allege Alonzo Kerry Banks used a handgun in attempt to rob two teens in a mall parking lot.

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Severn man Tuesday, and charged him with using a gun in an attempt to rob two people near Arundel Mills. 

Police said they responded at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to a parking lot near the mall and spoke with two young men who said they were getting into their car near the Neiman Marcus store when a man got into the back seat of their car. The victims said the man flashed a handgun and ordered them to remain there. One of the victims ran away on foot. The suspect searched the other man but did not take anything from him. 

At that point, the suspect also ran off in the direction of the Best Buy store. 

Police said the victims gave a description of the suspect and he was found nearby. Officers arrested Alonzo Kerry Banks, 21, of Severn and charged him with attempted robbery. 

Police said that an investigation revealed the two victims knew Banks from a previous encounter and were likely targeted. 

Calique January 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
"Police said that an investigation revealed the two victims knew Banks from a previous encounter and were likely targeted." Translation: "It's okay, folks!!! Arundel MIlls is PERFECTLY SAFE!! Even on a Tuesday afternoon!!!" Well, that's alright... I'll still stay away.
AMJA January 30, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Arundel Mills is a piece of sh!t...crime, crime, and more crime...just a matter of time before the ills of society take over yet another former family friendly place...AACO residents are fooling themselves if they think that Arundel Mills is a nice place...it really is a shame that the crime happens and also that people waste their resources on this dump...
George Washington January 31, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I agree, our communities don't have a crime problem as much as we have a demographic problem. When reality sets in i hope more people will see our society as it really is!
vw2003 January 31, 2013 at 04:48 PM
yea cause there is no way this could happen at Annapolis or Columbia mall right?
George Washington January 31, 2013 at 05:33 PM
It depends on the demographic of the area, Annapolis and Columbia or any place in Maryland for that matter. This is really a petty crime, minor violence not like most black on white crime that goes unreported. You should look into that vw2003 it might interest you to learn the truth about what the media does not want to report.
Stephanie Shoemaker January 31, 2013 at 08:08 PM
the key to Arundel Mills, if you HAVE to go is get out of there before the busloads of undesierables gets there. In the rare event that i go there on the weekend, I make it a point to get out by Noon. Once the buses come in, all bets are off. They simply overrun the place. I want no part of it !
Brian C. February 01, 2013 at 01:24 PM
@GW I didnt see any indication that this crime was a Black on White crime. Did you? It appears to me your own prejudices are clouding your ability to make sound decisions.
George Washington February 01, 2013 at 06:29 PM
I hear that! like a pact of wild animals.
Brian C. February 01, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Just curious who are "they" and what is undesirable about these people?
mark February 02, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Hes referring to Black people when he said They..cuz They committ all the Crime there..Got it?
Laura Gayvert February 02, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Out of all the choices of potential "victims" at the mall, why would a young man pick 2 men, especially 2 he already knew---who could over-power him, or at least ID him? He must have assumed they had something valuable that they wouldn't have reported stolen.
lindsay February 02, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I agree with Laura, sounds like they may have been drug dealers and he knew it, and that's what he was looking for.
Brian C. February 02, 2013 at 10:33 PM
oh ok!! I got it now. Why do you think he just didnt just come out and say that??

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