Former Laurel Wal-Mart manager charged with staging $400,000 store robbery in which he was shot

A former Wal-Mart assistant manager was indicted on federal charges that he took part in the staged robbery of $400,000 from his Laurel store in 2012, a plot that included having him shot in the arm.

The indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore alleges that Ansar Ali Younis was part of a group that planned the early-morning robbery on Nov. 14, 2012, of a Wal-Mart in the 3500 block of Russet Green East.

As part of the plan, co-conspirator Mohammed Altashy obtained a Plymouth Voyager and at around 4:15 a.m. drove to the store and looked for Younis, who was acting as the night manager, and loudly announced a robbery, the indictment alleges.

He pointed a gun at Younis, demanding he put cash from the Wal-Mart safe into a trash can, then forced Younis at gunpoint out of the store.

Altashy shot Younis in the right arm, then left the scene. Immediately after the robbery, Altashy and another unidentified member of the conspiracy transferred the stolen money to another vehicle, and the first vehicle was set on fire, according to the indictment.

Altashy and an unidentifed accomplice drove to a home in Baltimore, and divided up the money, setting aside a share for Younis, who received the money at Prince George's County Hospital, prosecutors said.

In court papers, federal prosecutors said Altashy was in custody but Younis was believed to no longer be in the United States.

A woman who answered the phone at the Wal-Mart when a reporter asked for a manager said the store would have no comment.

Younis and Altashy are both charged with robbery conspiracy and aiding and abetting under the Hobbs Act, as well as aiding and abetting of wire fraud, malicious destruction of a vehicle, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Neither man had attorneys listed in court papers.

In April 2014, a year and a half later, the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the robbery. According to a news release from the FBI at that time, Younis had given a description of the person who robbed and shot him.

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