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Hayes Sample, of Baltimore, has been charged in the Dec. 7 robbery of Towson Wine and Liquor, in which another suspect was shot dead by a store employee.
Hayes Sample, of Baltimore, has been charged in the Dec. 7 robbery of Towson Wine and Liquor, in which another suspect was shot dead by a store employee. (Courtesy Baltimore County Police / Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore County police arrested a suspected robber who escaped while his partner was gunned down by a liquor store employee in Towson earlier this month.

Hayes Sample, 25, of the 600 block of W. Hoffman Street in Baltimore's Upton neighborhood, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree assault and firearms violations, according to police and court records.

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According to police, two men walked into Towson Wine and Spirits on West Pennsylvania Avenue just before 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, pulled out handguns and said they were robbing the store. One of the men, 25-year-old Claude Edward Mayo, put his gun to the head of a store clerk, who pulled out his own gun and shot Mayo multiple times.

Both men ran off, but Mayo collapsed and died nearby.

The clerk's gun was legally purchased and was registered to him, police said.

Details on how police identified Sample as the other suspect and how they tracked him down were not immediately available. Police announced Sample's arrest on Wednesday, but online court records show he was taken into custody on Dec. 15.

Sample is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $3.5 million bond.

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