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Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this suspect who committed an armed robbery October 22 at Edible Arrangements in the Towson Precinct.

Investigators have exhausted efforts to identify this suspect, who walked into the store at 6352 York Road around 3:37 p.m. brandishing a handgun and demanding cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot across the parking lot toward York Road and, although an extensive search for the suspect was conducted, he was able to avoid capture.

Police are now asking for the public's help in identifying this robber. If you recognize this suspect or have any information pertaining to this crime, contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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UPDATE (December 11, 2017 1:40 p.m.):

Police have charged Melvin McDougald (54) of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive, 21239 in yesterday's robbery of PNC Bank. He is charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Theft, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Robbery.

McDougald entered the PNC Bank located inside Giant Food store at 6340 York Road, 21212 just after 1 p.m. He displayed a handgun and a note demanding money to the teller. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. Towson patrol officers, Robbery Detectives and members of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force responded to the scene in a cooperative investigative effort to obtain suspect information. They were able to determine that the suspect vehicle was a black GMC Yukon and disseminated that information across the County precincts.

Patrol officers canvassing the area located the possible suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from police through Baltimore County and into Carroll County, whose officers also assisted in the pursuit until the suspect led police back into Baltimore County. McDougald finally disabled the front right tire of the Yukon, bringing the pursuit to an end at Reisterstown Road and McDonogh Road. The FBI Violent Crime Task Force aided County officers on the ground and Maryland State Police Trooper 1 was on hand to assist in the air during the apprehension of McDougald.

McDougald was taken into custody without incident. The gun and cash were recovered inside his vehicle. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing tomorrow.

Original Release (December 10, 2017 5:14 p.m.):

A suspect is in custody following a bank robbery in Towson this afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m. officers responded to the PNC bank located in the 6300 block of York Road for a report of an armed bank robbery. As a result of investigation at the scene, officers were able to quickly develop suspect information. Police located and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which began to flee from them. 

During the pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle became disabled as a result of driving off of the roadway. Police were able to arrest the suspect at just before 2:30 p.m. in the area of Reisterstown and McDonogh roads, located in the Owings Mills area. Both a gun and money were recovered at the point of apprehension. There were no injuries reported.

The Baltimore County Police Department, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Bank Robbery Unit and an FBI task force continue to investigate this incident.

Original release (April 29, 2016  10:48 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect wanted for an attempted robbery at a Royal Farms store and thefts from two other Royal Farms stores. 

On March 8, the suspect entered a Royal Farms Store in the 7200 block of York Road 21212, approached the counter with items to purchase, and asked for four cartons of Newport cigarettes.  He leaned over the counter towards the clerk and said, “I need you to kick it out”.  The suspect ran out the door and got into a silver minivan after a customer yelled at him. 

On March 15, the suspect entered a Royal Farms Store on 1500 block of East Joppa Road 21286, approached the counter, and asked the clerk for six cartons of Newport cigarettes.  When the clerk asked the suspect for identification he advised he didn’t have any and walked out of the store.  The clerk walked away from the register and the suspect ran behind the counter grabbing the 6 cartons of cigarettes. 

On April 27, the suspect entered the Royal Farms Store in the 6000 block of Falls Road 21209. He approached the counter with items to purchase and asked the clerk for four cartons of Newport cigarettes.  As the clerk walked away to retrieve cigars, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed the cigarettes.  

These incidents are under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit. 

Anyone with information on the suspect or these incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017