Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery and attempted robbery that occurred on the same night at spas along the Route 1 corridor, Howard County police said.
Andre Hairston, 31, of Parkville, and Antoine Dyson, 32, of Baltimore, were each charged with two counts of armed robbery, robbery, assault and theft.
On the night of Sept. 3, Hairston and Dyson allegedly entered the Silk Spa in the 8600 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup, pretending to be customers, police said. Hairston allegedly pulled a folding knife and grabbed an employee by the wrist before pushing her to the ground. When another employee tried to escape, Hairston allegedly slammed her arm in a door several times, according to police.
Hairston and Dyson then allegedly fled in a dark Dodge Durango with Virginia tags, without stealing anything from the spa, according to police. Witnesses took down the license plate number and called police, who arrived around 8:30 p.m.
A little more than two hours later, at about 10:50 p.m., police received a report that two men matching the description of the Silk Spa suspects had robbed another spa on Route 1.
Hairston and Dyson allegedly entered the Oriental Spa in the 6300 block of Washington Boulevard in Elkridge, again posing as customers, and stole a cash box before fleeing in a dark Dodge Durango with Virginia tags, according to police.
Following an investigation, police arrested Hairston and Dyson as suspects in both incidents. Both men are being held at the Howard County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.