A man who attempted to rob another man at knife point at a Finksburg fast food restaurant was arrested after his potential victim doggedly followed him until police arrived.
Keith Aaron Gibson, 36, of the 1500 block Bollinger Road in Finksburg, was charged with armed robbery and theft under $100 after capitulating the chase and being arrested in front of a nearby grocery store, Maryland State Police said.
At about 6:39 p.m. Wednesday, troopers responded to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot of an Arby's located at 3000 Gamber Road. Police say Gibson walked into the fast food establishment, approached a man and asked if he had any change. The man said he had some change in his car and the two left the Arby's and headed to the parking lot.
As the man reached into his car, Gibson took out a knife and stole the man's wallet, police said. The two then had a verbal argument, with Gibson eventually throwing the wallet back at the man and fleeing on foot. The man followed behind Gibson, calling 911 for help.
Both men began to run, with Gibson tossing his knife at some point, police said. Eventually Gibson gave up, and his victim caught up to him in front of the nearby Food Lion. Both men then waited for police to arrive.
When troopers showed up, they took Gibson into custody. A search also found the knife he used in his robbery attempt. Gibson was taken to the Westminster Barrack of the state police for questioning and then to the Carroll County Detention Center for processing.
Police ask anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to call Trooper First Class Hopkins at the Westminster Barrack at 410-386-3000.