UPDATE (Oct. 31, 4:45 p.m.)—A second Parkville man has been arrested and charged with robbing a Perry Hall liquor store on Saturday, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Monday afternoon.
At about 12:15 p.m. Saturday, a man entered Liquor World on the 9600 block of Belair Road, threatened the owner with a knife and demanded money. The man swung a knife at the owner, who then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the suspect. The suspect fled the store and entered a vehicle that sped off. Police said it did not appear anyone was struck by the gunfire, a press release stated.
Later that night, Scott Lewis Hundertmark entered the Parkville police precinct and claimed that he was forced against his will to drive the vehicle involved in the robbery, police said. Hundertmark, 26, of the 9100 block of Orbitan Road in Parkville, later admitted that he participated in the robbery as the driver, police said. He was charged with attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to the press release.
On Monday, police announced they had arrested 30-year-old Damien Dmitruk of the 6800 block Old Harford Road for allegedly entering the store armed with a knife. He has been charged with armed robbery, Armacost said Monday afternoon.
Saturday's incident was the third armed robbery reported in the Perry Hall area over two days.
Detectives are investigating a possible connection between the Tobacco Stop robbery and the Liquor World robbery, Armacost said.
On the afternoon of Oct. 28, the Rite Aid on Belair Road was also robbed. Police arrested 47-year-old Steven Scott Gardner of the 1200 block of Marlyn Avenue in Essex and charged him with robbery shortly after the incident, police said Monday morning.
The Perry Hall Improvement Association released a statement about the robberies, encouraging residents to report any suspicious activity to police. Community members were also encouraged to attend the PHIA's general meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Perry Hall Library. Capt. Michael Balog, the commander of the White Marsh police precinct, is expected to take questions and offer an update on crime in Perry Hall.
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