Teenage brothers charged in armed robbery of Columbia neighbor

Two teenage brothers are facing armed robbery, burglary and assault charges in connection with a residential burglary last week in east Columbia.

Tyshawn Marquez Jenkins, 16, and Tyquan Malik Jenkins, 17, both of the 7510 block of Monarch Mills Way, in Columbia, were charged with armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, theft and other charges after they robbed their neighbor on Thursday, Nov. 8, according to police. Both are being charged as adults.

According to charging documents, the victim said Tyshawn Jenkins, whom the victim knew from school, texted him around 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, asking him if he wanted to trade shoes. The victim told police he said no.

Later that day, at approximately 5:43 p.m., the victim said the younger Jenkins arrived at his apartment, which is located in the same complex as the two brothers, and forced the door open with his shoulder, police said.

The victim said the older Jenkins accompanied the younger Jenkins into the apartment and the younger Jenkins had a handgun.

The victim said the two brothers stole two pairs of shoes, one of which he was wearing, valued at approximately $330.

Following the incident, the victim's mother saw one of the Jenkins brothers holding the shoes in a crowd of people and was able to recover them, according to the charging documents.

After being interviewed by police, the younger Jenkins admitted to stealing the shoes, police said, and said the gun was a BB gun he found under his brother's bed.

The younger Jenkins told police he planned on returning the shoes later, police said.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, bail was set for both brothers, who are currently being held at Howard County Detention Center on bonds of $10,000 each, state's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan said.

If bail is posted, the two will be released into the custody of their mother, Kirwan said.

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