Two men indicted in armed robbery at Mall in Columbia parking lot

The two men caught by a Howard County Police surveillance team robbing a man at gunpoint in the Mall in Columbia were indicted on armed robbery and assault charges by a Howard County Grand Jury.

Odell Kareme Copeland, 31, of Columbia, and Pierre Antwan Booth, 28, of Randallstown, were both indicted armed robbery, assault, and felony use of a handgun on Wednesday. Booth also faces other gun charges.

The two men were arrested by Howard County Police on Sept. 6 in the parking lot near the Mall in Columbia after two officers conducting surveillance observed one man, identified as Booth, place a semi-automatic pistol into another man's stomach and rob him, according to charging documents.

The surveillance team observed Copeland and Booth approach the victim in the parking lot in front of Union Jack's located in the 10400 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, according to the charging documents.

Police said one of the surveillance officers saw Booth take out a semi-automatic handgun, fumble with it, and drop it on the ground. Police said the man immediately picked it up and continued to walk toward the victim.

The documents stated that the victim told police Booth pointed a gun to his head, ordered him into the car, and robbed him. The victim said the men stole his cell phone, car keys, a pack of cigarettes and $75 in cash.

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