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Grocery employees disarm robber in Annapolis

A man tried to rob a small grocery store in Annapolis Friday night but was disarmed by employees and arrested, police said.

Darius Cameron, 26, of Glen Burnie pulled out a handgun in Anita Spanish Grocery Inc. in the 1900 block of Fairfax Drive at about 9:20 p.m. and demanded money from the cash register, the City of Annapolis Police Department said Saturday.

A clerk activated the panic alarm and ignored Cameron's demand for money, police said. He climbed on the counter and then attempted to shoot at the clerk, but the gun did not fire.

As Cameron jumped down from the counter, he dropped the weapon and several employees struggled with him to get the gun, said police. The workers "chased the suspect throughout the store until police arrived," according to the statement.

One employee had small cuts from the struggle, and Cameron was cut several times on his head and body. Police had him taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution.

Upon release from the hospital, Cameron was charged with attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery, robbery and weapons charges. He is being held without bail, police said.

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