Police arrest Bethesda man in Columbia armed robbery, carjacking

Police arrest Bethesda man in Columbia armed robbery, carjacking

A Bethesda man will face charges in Monday morning's armed robbery and carjacking at a Columbia Crown gas station following his arrest last night.

Michael Gainer Rothenberg, 27, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft and armed carjacking. Rothenberg was located and arrested by Howard police in Frederick Monday night and is being held without bond at the county jail.

Police were called to the 6300 block of Dobbin Road around 10:45 a.m. on March 6, where the store clerk said a man, later identified as Rothenberg, with a handgun and wearing a gray hoodie and pants entered the store and demanded money. Police said Rothenberg took the cash and drove away in a car that was reported stolen in another county.

Shortly after the robbery, police said they were called to the intersection of Dobbin Road and Old Dobbin Lane, where they believed Rothenberg hit another vehicle with his car. Witnesses told police that he got out of his car, pointed a gun at the other driver and demanded she get out of her red Mini Cooper. The woman complied and Rothenberg drove away in the car, which had damage on the front of the vehicle.

No injuries were reported in the robbery or carjacking. The stolen Mini Cooper was found yesterday in another jurisdiction, police said.

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