GLEN BURNIE, Md. — A man was robbed at gunpoint after getting his check cashed at a laundromat Friday, and another man had his wallet stolen while trying to give money to a man in a 7-Eleven parking lot Saturday, Anne Arundel County Police said.
Both incidents occurred in Glen Burnie.
Officers responded to the Big Laundromat Lavanderia, 7560 Ritchie Highway, for a report of a citizen being robbed at about 7:40 p.m. Friday.
The victim said he was in the business getting checks cashed, police said. As he walked back to his car, he was approached by a suspect with a handgun. The suspect, said to be a roughly 25-year-old black man, demanded money, saying he knew the victim just had a check cashed inside. The victim gave the suspect a small amount of money, but the suspect then demanded more valuables, including the car, at which point the victim began to scream.
The suspect then fled the area, and the victim reported the encounter to police about an hour later, police said. No one was injured, and no further information was provided.
Saturday, at about 11:30 p.m., Anne Arundel County. Police officers responded to the 7-Eleven at 7753 B&A Blvd. in Glen Burnie, where a man had his wallet stolen. The victim told police that while he was in front of the store, a man approached and asked if he could have a dollar. When the victim took out his wallet to give the man money, the man grabbed the wallet and a struggle ensued. The man was able to grab the wallet from the victim but dropped his cellphone in the process of fleeing the scene.
The suspect quickly returned to grab his phone, police said. Responding officers found the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Eric Eugene Powell Jr., of the 7700 block of Monaghan Court in Severn, about a block away from the scene. He was positively identified and charged with robbery, second-degree assault, and theft.
Police are not sure if either robbery is related. Anyone with information about either incident should contact Northern District Detectives at 410-222-6135 or use the county TipLine at 410-222-4700.