Man threatens Columbia mall store employee with stun gun

A Prince George's County man is accused of a pulling a stun gun on a Lord & Taylor employee inside the Mall in Columbia on Monday evening.

Michael Penny, 55, of the 2600 block of Dowell Street in Suitland, was charged with robbery, theft, assault and the use of an electronic control device by Howard County Police.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Monday when a loss prevention officer spotted a man attempting to steal watches from a display case in the store.

Police said an employee approached the man, who pulled out a stun gun and threatened the employee.

The employee was able to kick the stun gun out of the man's hand and attempted to physically detain him. During the course of the struggle, the man bit the employee and fled the store.

Police officers responding to the mall located Penny and took him into custody.

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