Two city men charged in Towson mall armed robbery

Baltimore County Police have charged a pair of men with armed robbery in connection with a Nov. 22 armed robbery inside the Towson Town Center mall.

Damon King, 20, of the 1700 block of North Fulton Avenue in Baltimore and Malik Smith, 17, of the 300 block of North Gay Street in Baltimore, were indicted on armed robbery charges on Dec. 16, according to police.

According to police, at 4:04 p.m., King and Smith displayed a knife and demanded a man’s cell phone in the bathroom near the food court.

The man gave up his cell phone, but followed Smith and King through the food court and into the mall, police said.

When they reached the Call It Spring store, which is located just beside the third floor atrium, the man pinned one of the robbers against the wall, police said. At that point, a security guard assisted the victim and a struggle ensued.

During the struggle, one of the men pulled a handgun, and King and Smith fled using an exit near Littman jewelry store, police said. Police said the gun turned out to be a BB gun.

The initial investigation revealed one of the alleged robbers had dropped a cell phone, and police determined the phone belonged to Smith. Later, detectives identified King as the second suspect.

According to online court records, each was indicted on one count of armed robbery, robbery, and theft, plus three counts of second-degree assault and two weapons charges. Court records do not list an attorney for the pair.

Each is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said.

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