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Robbery Victim Swings Bicycle at Armed Gunman to Thwart Theft

A man walking his bike on a Laurel street swung it at an armed robber to prevent a theft. The suspect fled empty-handed.

A man walking his bike on a Laurel street swung it at an armed robber to prevent a theft. File|Patch
A man walking his bike on a Laurel street swung it at an armed robber to prevent a theft. File|Patch

A man out for a walk with a friend responded to an armed robber by swinging his bicycle at the would-be thief to chase him off.

Anne Arundel County Police were called to the 100 block of Ethel Drive in Laurel about 8:25 p.m. Monday on the report of an attempted robbery. The 33-year-old male victim told officers he was walking with a friend on the sidewalk along Ethel Drive and Route 198 when they were approached from behind by a suspect, who demanded money while holding a small black handgun at his waist.

The victim responded by swinging the bicycle that he had been pushing at the suspect. Both the suspect and the victim then repeatedly swung at each other without either of them striking the other, police said.

The suspect eventually fled on foot toward Old Line Avenue. The victim and his friend then went to an apartment to call police. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

There were no reported injuries and no property taken in the attempt.

The suspect is described as a black man about 5’10”, 150 pounds with a slim build, wearing a black face mask and bandana, a black and gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Kim Cooke April 16, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Well done!
Marcus Aurelius April 17, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Must be one of those tea party members again, right democrats? Someone tell me again why I can't carry in Maryland like they can in 37 other states. Now remember we have passed 25,000 gun laws in this country already and for some odd reason criminals will just not obey the law, strange huh? I am sure he had a licensed handgun and it only had 7 bullets or less in it.
August London Lane April 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM
OMG..I am famous.. This was me. I swung the bike and wanted to get him in a hold and then get his gun... For the most part pretty accurate details, all but..... He was the one swinging(like a fool that cant fight and by the way he didn't try and fight the other guy that was NOT carrying a bunch of crap) I was swatting his hands cuz i had like 3 bags on me. When i dropped them to start his career ending beating he took off . LIL punk is lucky my back is all jacked up or he would have a mongoose tattoo on his forehead then the handle bars shoved up his ...well you know. Hope he reads this. cuz next time Ill be prepared..GO laurel. just when i thought getting outta PG county was a good idea. Side note. IF You gotta gun ..USE it.... And yes i chased him yelling dumb shit like,sounding like a douche. He brought a gun to a LIFE fight. Btw i am broke as a joke. So i don't know if i was courageous or stupid. ADRENALINE is hella thing. Peace love and get a job.

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