Woman, 48, is robbed by armed man as she crosses pedestrian footbridge

January 03, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A 48-year-old Columbia woman was robbed by an armed man as she crossed a pedestrian footbridge in Columbia Monday afternoon, Howard County police said.

The woman was not injured, police said.

Police said she had just come from the Oakland Mills Village Center and was using the bridge that spans Maryland Route 29 from Columbia's Oakland Mills village to Columbia's Town Center.

About 3:30 p.m., a man stopped the woman, pointed a gun at her and ordered her to the ground. When the woman refused to get down, the man reached into her coat pocket, took her wallet and ran off with three other males waiting nearby, police said.

The gunman was described as a black male in his early 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a long trench coat. The three other men with him wore dark clothing, and one appeared to be 6 feet tall and in his 20s, police said.

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