Towson University police arrest student in dorm armed robbery

Officers still looking for second suspect in 'targeted incident'

March 26, 2010|By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

Towson University police have arrested a student in the armed robbery of two other students in a dorm this week.

Police said Jerry Young Jr., 19, of the 5500 block Peerless Ave. in Gwynn Oak has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree assault, and two counts of first-degree burglary.

The robbery occurred in Tower B, an on-campus dormitory, March 22 at about 3:30 p.m. Police said at the time that two men, one who was masked and armed with a handgun, knocked on a door and forced their way into the room, taking items. The other suspect had a crowbar and struck one of the students in the head.

Towson University Police and other university officials said the robbery was a "targeted incident." The student newspaper, The Towerlight, reported this week that the suspects told their victims that they were looking for drugs.

It was not clear how the attackers gained access to the secure dorm. Police are still looking for the second suspect.

"The Towson University Administration has also identified factors related to the incident and will continue to pursue physical and administrative measures to inhibit a similar act in the future," the university said in a statement.

Young was being held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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