Police charge man in Columbia armed robbery

Howard County police have arrested and charged a man in connection with an armed robbery at a Columbia convenience store.

Cedric Ryan Murphy, 31, of no fixed address, has been arrested and charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault and theft for a Jan. 19 incident at the Exxon/Circle K in the 8200 block of Snowden River Parkway.

Murphy also has been charged with resisting arrest, drug possession and trying to disarm a police officer when he was taken into custody.

Police said that shortly after midnight Jan. 19, Murphy walked into the Columbia convenience store and displayed a knife, demanding money and cigarettes. Though his face was partially covered by a bandana, the clerk recognized him as a customer who had come into the store earlier in the evening, police said.

A surveillance video showed a man entering the store about 11 p.m. Jan. 18 and buying cigarettes. The video showed the same man returning after midnight, with a bandana over his face.

Police said the video also showed the man getting into a Mazda sedan in front of the store. When police located the owners of the car, who had seen photos of the suspect on the police's Facebook page, the car's owners identified the suspect — an acquaintance — as Murphy.

Police said it is unclear how Murphy gained access to the car, and detectives are continuing to investigate.

Police said that through additional investigation, they confirmed the man on the video was Murphy. Detectives located him Friday, April 12 and initiated a traffic stop.

Police said Murphy was carrying illegal drugs and began to place him under arrest. But Murphy resisted officers, reached for an officer's gun and threatened to harm himself and police, police said.

Murphy was not physically injured, police said, but was taken to Howard County General Hospital for evaluation. He has since been released and is currently being held in the Howard County Detention Center on no bond, police said.

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