Darius Dontee Cameron, 28, was found guilty by a jury in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Thursday of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of attempted armed robbery, use of a handgun during a felony and use of a handgun in a crime of violence, according to the county state’s attorney’s office. He will be sentenced in April.
Officials said that at 9:20 p.m. Aug. 19, 2011, a man entered Anita’s Spanish Grocery Store on Fairfax Road, pulled his shirt over his face, pointed a gun at employees and demanded cash. When the employees refused, he climbed on the counter and pulled the trigger several times, but the gun malfunctioned, according to police and prosecutors.
The man abandoned the gun and tried to take the cash drawer out of the register, prosecutors said. That’s when an employee picked up the gun and struggled with him. Other employees locked the door and one man tackled the would-be robber, holding him down until police arrived, according to police and prosecutors.
The man, later identified as Cameron, had cuts on his head and body. He was treated for his injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess praised the store employees for their bravery in fighting back and for testifying in court.
“Darius Cameron thankfully did not kill anybody that night, but it wasn’t for lack of trying,” Leitess said in a statement.