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City man charged in armed robbery of West Towson runner

A man arrested last month in Baltimore City was charged Friday in the armed robbery of an 18-year-old woman who was running in West Towson last month, Baltimore County Police said Monday.

According to Cpl. John Wachter, a Baltimore County Police spokesman, Kendrick Donnell Smith, 19 of the 3800 block of Yolando Road in Baltimore, was arrested for auto theft in Baltimore City on Aug. 15.

During questioning, Wachter said Smith confessed to the Aug. 13 armed robbery in West Towson. Police said that at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, two men in an older, dark blue or black sedan drove up to a woman while she was running at the corner of Burnbrae Road and West Chesapeake Avenue.

One of the men got out of the car, pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the girl, and stole her iPod.

The woman identified Smith in a photographic lineup, Wachter said, and a warrant was written. At a community meeting in West Towson held Aug. 19 in the wake of the incident, Capt. Richard Howard, commander of the Towson precinct, said a man was in custody for the incident, but could not provide information about him.

The warrant was not served until Friday, Sept. 13, though Smith has remained in custody in Baltimore City since his arrest, Wachter said.

According to online court records, Smith was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, and theft. He is being held without bail, Wachter said.

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