Police arrest man in Route 29 footbridge robbery

Howard County Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a November robbery along the Route 29 footbridge in Columbia.

The Nov. 12 incident, which was the second at the bridge in four weeks, prompted police to increase police presence along the footbridge.


Dontrell Milner, 20, of no fixed address, was charged with robbery, theft and second-degree assault after the victim identified him as the thief after seeing Milner in the Mall in Columbia last week.

According to police, the victim was walking along the footbridge at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12 when he was approached by two people who asked him for a cigarette.


Then the two people stole the victim's iPhone and wallet, police said.

Police said no weapons appeared to be used in the robbery.

In an October incident less than 25 days before, a woman walking along the footbridge around 8:30 a.m. was robbed by two men. The two men grabbed the woman's purse and, when she would not let go, the men reached into her pocket and stole her iPhone.

Police said it is unknown if the two incidents are related.

The county government looked into replacing the footbridge with a transit bridge, but ultimately concluded it would be too costly, following a study commissioned by the Howard Hughes Corp.

But supporters of the new bridge, part of a group called Bridge Columbia, estimate the county would only have to pay a small portion of $12 million to $15 million project, and are still pushing the new bridge.