Baltimore County Police are investigating four robberies in the Towson area on Thursday, including two that targeted students from Towson High and Dumbarton Middle as they walked home from school.
In the first incident, which police said occurred at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Dunkirk Road, a black male between the ages of 17- and 18-years-old wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants pointed a black handgun at a 16-year-old girl on her way home from Towson High and demanded her iPhone.
The man took the phone and got into a silver sedan, which drove west on Dunkirk before turning right onto Holly Lane, police said.
Around 45 minutes later, police said a thin, dark-skinned black man who appeared between the ages of 15 and 17-years-old and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans walked up behind three girls on their way home from Dumbarton Middle in the 700 block of Regester Avenue.
The man asked the girls for the time and directions, and then tried to grab a 13-year-old girl’s cell phone from her hands, police said. The man threatened to shoot her if she did not give him her phone, but the girl held onto it and ran away with her friends.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said the two incidents are likely related.
Capt. Jonathan Trentzsch, commander of the Towson precinct, said police are looking for the silver sedan, which Councilman David Marks identified in an email to constituents as a Pontiac. Trentzsch said an extra patrol car was in the area of Dumbarton Middle and Towson High after school Friday.
Trentzsch added that he had been in contact with area neighborhood associations and Citizens on Patrol groups to spread the word. Marks, who represents the 5th District including Towson, said he has also reached out to Dumbarton Middle School PTA President Cheri Pegues and Rodgers Forge Community Association President Stu Sirota.
Batton encouraged residents to be aware of their surroundings and secure electronics when they are not in use. Additionally, she encouraged residents not to engage with robbers.
“We also don’t recommend struggling over property,” Batton said. “In both these cases, there was a struggle over the phone. If someone demands your property, we recommend giving up the property and calling 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Additionally, Trentzsch and Batton said another pair of attempted robberies that occurred Thursday night were being investigated as related incidents.
In the first, two black men — one wearing a turquoise and gray jacket who appeared between the ages of 17- and 21-years old, and the other in a black jacket — jumped a man at 8:26 p.m. in the 900 block of Dulaney Valley Court and rifled through his pockets. No items were taken.
At 8:30 p.m. on Kenilworth Drive near the corner of Camberly Circle, a black male who appeared between 17- and 21-years old approached a man walking on the sidewalk and threatened him with an implied weapon. The victim ran home and called police.
Police asked anyone with information on the incidents to contact Metro Crime Stoppers. To report a tip, call 1-866-7LOCKUP, text MCS plus the tip to 274637, or visit www.metrocrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $2,000 is available for any information that leads to an arrest.