A Severn man was charged with attempted robbery after attempting to steal from the cash register of a Royal Farms store in Linthicum Tuesday night, police said.

Sherman Jerome Artis, 50, pretended to make a purchase at the store located in the 400 block of Camp Meade Road South when police say he reached over the counter and struggled with the clerk. He then fled the scene at approximately 10:42 p.m. in a gold-colored Buick without obtaining any money, according to police.

Detectives from the Northern District witnessed the incident and detained Artis on Williams Road in Ferndale, where he was positively identified by the store's clerk as the suspect, officials said.

Artis, of the 1500 block of Florida Ave., was taken into custody and charged with attempted robbery and related offenses along with traffic charges. Additional information regarding the incident was not immediately available Thursday morning.

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