Saturday, March 30, 2013
Man was observed by police holding a gun to another man in the parking lot.
A Randallstown man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the armed robbery of a man in the parking lot at the Mall in Columbia in which police observed him holding a gun on the victim. On Sept. 6, 2012, police watched Pierre Antwan Booth, 29, and a Columbia man, Odell Kareem Copeland, 32, rob a Laurel man as the man attempted to enter his car at the mall parking lot. Police were positioned in a nearby parking garage in a surveillance position, according to the police report. Copeland and Booth were arrested shortly after the robbery. Copeland pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery last week. He was described as the lookout while Booth brandished the gun to steal the victim's cigarettes, car keys, $75 and his cell phone, …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Police said the men stole two tablet computers from Sears and assaulted a salesperson before crashing a stolen van in North Laurel.
Three Washington D.C. men were arrested on Wednesday by Howard County Police after police said they stole two tablet computers from Sears inside the Mall in Columbia. Police said the men asked to see the tablets in a display case and when the salesperson opened the case, one of the men shoved the clerk while another took the two tablets around 12:50 p.m. on March 20. The men ran out of the store and drove away in a 2003 Dodge Caravan, but were followed by a witness who saw the incident, according to police. Police caught up to the Caravan, but the men failed to stop, and while attempting to flee collided into another vehicle. No one was injured in the collision, said police. Police apprehended the three men after a foot chase. The vehicle …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Columbia man pleads guilty to a single count of armed robbery.
A Columbia man who committed an armed robbery in the Mall in Columbia parking lot as police looked on from a nearby parking garage pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Howard County Circuit Court on Friday. Odell Kareem Copeland, 32, was arrested in September after he and another man, Pierre Antwan Booth, 28, of Randallstown, were observed by police robbing a man inside his car in the mall parking lot near Union Jack's. The police report said officers wrote that Copeland acted as a lookout as Booth held a pistol to the man and stole his cigarettes, car keys, $75 and a cell phone. Copeland is scheduled to be sentenced on May 28, according to a spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office. Booth is scheduled to stand trial on …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Police said a Burtonsville man exposed himself twice inside the Mall in Columbia.
Howard County police said they arrested and charged a Burtonsville man in two reported incidents of indecent exposure at the Mall in Columbia after a mall employee spotted the man exposing himself in the food court on Wednesday night. Police said the mall employee saw the man, identified as Steven Michael Lerer, 49, of Burtonsville, standing near the food court with a jacket covering his genital area. When the man turned, the employee saw the man fondling himself and exposing his genitals, said police. The employee reported the man to mall security, who held him until police arrived, police said. Police were then able to identify the man as the person they said was involved in a Jan. 13 incident in which a man followed a group of girls …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Developers and county officials broke ground on the mixed-use building near the Mall in Columbia on Monday morning.
Shovel-wielding development and county officials braved wet weather and gray skies to break ground on the Downtown Metropolitan Columbia on Monday morning. The groundbreaking represents the first mixed-use buildings to break ground in the Warfield area around the Mall in Columbia as part of the greater development of Downtown Columbia. "What I really liked to do is build things," said John DeWolf, senior vice president for the Howard Hughes Corp., the development firm working on the project along with Kettler and Orchard Development. "Now we get to build things." "I grew up in the planned community business," said Bob Kettler, President of Kettler. "Our role model is Jim Rouse... This is one of the best opportunities we can think of in …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The man reportedly exposed himself behind a group of girls at the Mall in Columbia.
Police have released additional photos of a man they said exposed himself behind a group of girls inside the Mall in Columbia. Police said the incident occurred during the afternoon on Jan. 13. Police described the suspect as a white male in his 50s, between 5-foot-9-inches and 6 feet tall, about 250 pounds, with dark hair, thick eyebrows, square glasses and protruding teeth. Inside the mall, he was wearing a black t-shirt with gold or tan corduroy pants, reported police. Related Article Columbia Mall Indecent Exposure Suspect Caught on Camera
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Police released a grainy photo of the suspect on Tuesday.
Police released a photo of a man on Tuesday believed to have exposed his genitals inside the Mall in Columbia while following a group of girls during the afternoon of Jan. 13. Police described the suspect as a white male in his 50s, between 5-foot-9-inches and six feet tall, about 250 pounds, with dark hair, thick eyebrows, square glasses and protruding teeth. Inside the mall, he was wearing a black t-shirt with gold or tan corduroy pants, reported police. A police spokesperson said the photo released is from a mall surveillance video and is the best-quality image available. The incident was reported by a bystander who saw the man following a group of girls while touching his exposed genitals, which were hanging in front of his pants, …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After a few swings of golden sledgehammers, construction will soon begin on the expansion of the Mall in Columbia.
It was May of 2005 when about 500 residents gathered with representatives of General Growth Properties to begin creating a plan to develop Downtown Columbia. On Tuesday, officials from GGP and Howard County swung golden sledgehammers through a wall at the Mall in Columbia, the loud thunks officially ringing in the beginning of the construction process. "This starts a series of groundbreaking and activity after years of discussion," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. The Mall is planning to construct a new 75,000 square foot retail and restaurant center in the current location of L.L. Bean. When finished, there will be three new buildings and a new walkway that connects the mall with the Columbia lakefront. "Today marks the beginning …
Monday, January 14, 2013
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Columbia Indecent exposure Police say several young girls did not notice a man in the Columbia Mall with his pants unzipped, exposing himself on Jan. 13 at about 2:30 p.m. A witness saw the man following the girls, however, and called police. Police said they could not locate the girls, or the suspect. He is described as a white male in his 50s, between 5-foot-6 and 6-feet-tall, weighing about 250lbs. He had thinning, brown/gray hair that was parted on the side. He was wearing square glasses, a short, blue corduroy jacket with a wool collar, a black t-shirt with a design and writing on it and gold, corduroy pants with a black belt. Street robbery Police say one victim was taken to Howard County General Hospital after an assault on the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Richard Mojica Jr. admitted to starting a fire underneath a trailer at Sears.
A Columbia teen pleaded guilty at Howard County Circuit Court on Wednesday to setting two fires near the Mall in Columbia in May. Richard N. Mojica Jr., 18, of the 10300 block of Swift Stream Place, was arrested in May and charged with starting fires that resulted in more than $10,000 in damages and property loss, according to police, including a fire outside Sears at the Mall in Columbia. Police arrested Mojica after they said they witnessed him running from a dumpster fire near Lord and Taylor at the Mall in Columbia on May 6, just three days after a fire was set underneath a trailer at the Sears loading dock. Assistant state's attorney Ned Curry told the court Mojica ignited bales of cardboard underneath a trailer at the Sears loading…