2 armed robberies reported in village centers

Deliveryman, gas station held up on Thursday


Two robberies at gunpoint were reported in separate Columbia village centers last week, Howard County police said.

A deliveryman for Today's Catch Seafood Market in Wilde Lake Village Center was held up by two men - one carrying a black semiautomatic handgun - as he left the store about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The pair robbed the deliveryman of his personal cell phone and an undetermined amount of cash, police said. The victim fled on foot after he heard one suspect tell the other to "pop him," police said.

Police described the robbers as black men in their mid-20s. One was about 5 feet 10 inches and 185 pounds and wore a dark ball cap with hair pulled out of the side and a blue zippered jacket with yellow on it. The other suspect was described only as slim.

About 11:30 p.m. Thursday, a man with a dark-colored handgun robbed the Exxon station at Long Reach Village Center, police said.

The man took an undetermined amount of money from the counter and fled toward Foreland Garth, police said.

He was described as black, in his early 20s, 4 feet 11 inches, 130 pounds and wearing a white coat and cap. Police said they have developed a suspect in that case.

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