Towson U. police arrest student in dorm robbery

March 27, 2010|By Justin Fenton |

Towson University police have arrested a student at the school in the armed robbery of two students in a dorm, officials said.

Police said Jerry Young Jr., 19, of the 5500 block of Peerless Ave. in Baltimore, has been charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. A second suspect was still at large.

The robbery occurred in Tower B, an on-campus dormitory, about 3:30 p.m. Monday. Police said at the time that two men, one 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.

Young was being held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Records show Young was banned from Morgan State University for an undisclosed reason and was arrested by campus police for trespassing March 14.

According to a law enforcement source, he was also detained March 20 when he was part of a crowd gathered at the Inner Harbor that refused to disperse. Police found a knife in his possession, though records indicate that he is not facing charges in that incident.

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