Alleged White Marsh Robber Arrested in Stolen Car

Police arrested a Baltimore man one day following a robbery at knifepoint in the mall parking lot.

Police have arrested a young Baltimore man in connection with an armed robbery outside of White Marsh Mall.

After police found him driving a stolen vehicle, Joseph Charles Williams, 18, was charged on Oct. 16 with several counts related to the robbery, according to Lt. Ron Brooks of the White Marsh police precinct.

At about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, a 20-year-old man was walking toward his vehicle in the 8200 block of Perry Hall Boulevard when another man in his 20s approached him and started making conversation, according to a police report. 

When they reached the center of the parking lot, two additional men in their 20s approached the victim. Together, the three men struck the victim with their fists and knocked him to the ground. As the victim returned to his feet, one of the men held a knife to his throat. The other men then removed the victim's wallet, which held $80. They removed $60 from the wallet and returned the wallet and $20 to the victim before driving away from the scene, the police report showed.

Based on the victim's description of the vehicle, police identified the vehicle as stolen. The Warrant Apprehension Task Force, a joint effort of Baltimore County and Baltimore City police, found the vehicle on Oct. 16 with Williams inside, Brooks said. 

Investigators then arrested Williams and identified him as the man who threatened the victim with a knife outside of White Marsh Mall, Brooks said.

Williams, of the 7100 block of Reisterstown Road, has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft of less than $100, use of a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, theft of more than $10,000 and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, online court records show.

As of Thursday, Williams was being held on $250,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to Brooks.

Evets October 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Maybe the guy took the bus to get to the car to steal it?
PerryHallParent October 19, 2012 at 09:59 AM
FIFA, Gomer means whatever Gomer intended to mean. Maybe he is specifically speaking about one particular race in his comments; I don't know him, nor do I care. My father was violently robbed by blacks and my family lost a family friend to a gunshot to the head by blacks. However, I don't hold brown skin as the culprit at all. I hold a lot of cultural issues as the culprit and they are far from being just related to being black. There is plenty of trash from every race. Whether or not he read the article or not is none of my concern. Considering that just within the past few weeks there was another crime related to the bus doesn't help stop the confusion when there is so much crime going on around that mall now. The last time I pulled up at Sears, there were throngs of people getting off the bus yelling "F" this and "F" that. That was the last time I brought my child around that filth. Maybe he skimmed the article and missed the exact form of transportation? Like a stolen car makes it all OK since he wasn't on the Crime Bus. Next, let's talk about the Light Rail and the joy that's brought to another community.
Andrew October 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM
This was Gomers original claim which then snow balled into him being labeled a racist. I think its a pretty easy relationship to make between public transportation and theft crimes, the link being lower income.Im lazy, but i am sure you could find a stat for public transportation use and theft crimes, showing the majority in each have low annual incomes.
T.H. October 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Hey MIL there already is ever hear of Edgewood.
PerryHallParent October 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Andrew, what I find most amusing is that I don't link the crime, buses or the like exclusively to blacks, I link it with the overall economic status, cultural issues and intent of many (NOT ALL) who use public transportation to get to places like this. Hyperfocusing on saying "You're a racist" and "why don't you just say you're afraid 'of the blacks'", points more attention than I ever could to someone's OWN racist thoughts.
Gomer Pyle October 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
FIFA you are nothing but a self-righteous, PC-brainwashed fool. Keep living with your head in the ground. OINK OINK
Matt October 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Good job by the police in making an arrest. I salute them!
Tim October 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This was entertaining.
DAJ October 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Gomer must be uninformed. Afterall, doesn't he know that free speech only applies to the lefties.
FIFA October 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
That's incoherent gobbledygook.
Parkvillehoney October 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Here is a young black male who has already stolen a car and committed an armed robbery with a knife. WHY??? Did he go to school and graduate, where are his parents, did his family members see him with a stolen vehicle? Here is another black male who will probably be on the road to a life of crime and could be dead in few years. Either you start programs, at a young age, to channel these youths into a lifestyle of responsibility and education or you leave them alone and you might get a life of crime. I never thought I would say this, but the citizens have to intervene to help raise these kids. It seems these kids go to the streets for a family. Sad it usually results in a negative lifestyle.
Mike October 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Kudos to the cops for catching this violent CRIMINAL. Bottom line is, if our law enforcement does their job, respectable citizens will be safe to go wherever they please at whatever time they please. Me personally, I pity ANYONE who approaches me with ill intent. Especially if I'm with my family. It won't be a good day for you. I don't care what color your skin is.
Mike October 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Oh, and there's a police precinct right beside the mall. OFFICERS, frequent the Mall parking lot, please. Seriously......
AmericanMarine October 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Can we all just get along. A criminal is a criminal !
Jim Arrington October 20, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Well folks I see it comes down to the police to stop crime, its not that way anymore as the police are overloaded with paperwork from the crimes committed by this scum. The police work 8 hours a day, half will still be in the station writing reports from the day before then they hit the street and most have to go to court and sit around there for a couple hours, cop cars need service two cars go 1 to drop it off and 2nd to take other back to get another car. By this time its time to go home and only a few cops were on the streets to patrol and answer calls. The police don't have time to patrol your street and thats a fact. Do I sound like a cop as I was before retirement and nothing has changed will neverrrrr change people as the scum will always be here, there, everywhere, your neighbor can be a scumbag so its time for you to help yourselves by community action, someone get the energy and form neighborhood patrols or hire a guard company to do it. Crime will never stop so stop looking for the police to handle everything you don't like or a victim of a crime. That cop was not called to these crimes in progress so they don't know what is happening at that moment, its everybody's problem as cop's get robbed too. Thank you Officers for being there for us putting your life on the line everyday for us, working around the clock and seeing the things you see that the ordinary do not that haunt you for life thank you Officer.
Harry Callahan October 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Years ago my kids referred to this shopping establishment as "White Trash Mall". I thought that was a good name then but "Mondawmin Mall-East" is even better and more accurately descriptive of the problems there.
Harry Callahan October 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Golden Ring Mall was an entirely different place in an entirely different location. It closed down years ago and was re-purposed as a big-box congrlomerate.
Harry Callahan October 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The police do not now nor have they ever PREVENTED CRIMES. They are, in fact, simply armed archaeologists who come in AFTER the crime is committed and perform their archaeological duties of gathering and preserving physical evidence and taking witness statements. When, as in this case, they have information to point them to the criminal AFTER the crime has been committed, then they search for and arrest the perp. The only solution to this kind of crime is to be armed with a concealed carry permit, and a firearm with which one has been trained on how to shoot. We also need a solid "stand your ground" law, yes, like the one in Florida and a strong "Castle Doctrine" law that protects law-abiding citizens from civil lawsuits from the perps and their families after the law-abiding citizen punches their family member's one-way ticket to meet Jesus.
gabe October 21, 2012 at 02:34 AM
He is black and the majority of the people in White Marsh, Perry Hall area are White. I'm white and live in Perry Hall. I used to live in Edgewood when I moved here from the Bronx, the good part. Yes, there is a good part that is mainly made up of white people. Anyhow Im glad to get out of Edgewood because I didn't know any better when I moved there as I was new to the area. It's not that white people are scared of black or black scared of white. The truth is black people commit more crimes then white. When Im out I do use racial profiling. If Im on a plane I look for the Arab guy. If Im in a general area I look at the black guy. Its all about protecting myself and my family and there is nothing wrong with that. I would help a black person in a minute but again I always watch my back depending on where I am at. If im in Dundalk or Essex yes I watch out for the white guy. So im not a racist but realistic and we all just need to live with it.
Tim October 21, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Ha, let me second what gabe said about the Bronx. There actually are nicer parts of the Bronx. Riverdale/Von Cortland, areas on the Hudson for one. Morris Park too. Bronx Park East, out towards Pelham I think.
Emily October 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
What I find funny in thus whole thing is that allot of y'all on here say that the comments y'all put on here is not fueled by race but why is it the same page that gets you to this article of the patch gets you to other article just like this where white men are the scumbags, criminals as Yall labeled this black man but I don't see Yall comment on his article food for thought and I'm a 12yr old white female I just would like too grow up in a racist free world cause my mom is white and my loving step father is a successful black man so please stop with all the hate LET'S GO RAVENS
FIFA October 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Emily is: 1. First time poster - yes 2. 12 years old - No 3. Y'all? - Huh 4. Liar and making poop up - yes
One Big Day October 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Congratulations to the police for making the arrest. However, it is doubtful anything will happen to the criminal through the court system. That is realistic. Let's stop making excuses for these people as to their upbringing and blah blah blah. These people have televisions and computers, probably stolen ones but none the less they have televisions and computers, which have news channels that actually report other crimes committed and such. They are well aware of criminal acts so again let's stop making excuses for these people and work on pushing for stronger laws to punish criminals and protect the victims. White Marsh Mall is nothing more than a free place to shop anymore. These people go in an steal in plain sight and are not stopped because store employees are told to do nothing. The Avenue at White Marsh is HORRIBLE. Don't even attempt to go there on a weekend night. There are several uniformed police officers walking around the Avenue and police cars driving around. They are not security officers, they are police officers. The women are dressed like prostitutes with their stuff hanging out on both ends which is pretty disgusting since most are trying to squeeze a size 18 into a size 2 clothing and males butts hanging out. MAJOR EYESORE. The majority of the people are loud, rude and obnoxious. No one wants to hear the loud music in your cars with the foul language nor do they want to hear the gutter mouth that your mother hasn't corrected you of. Sad !
Emily October 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I am 12 and yes this is my first time posting I ask my mom can I post because not to long ago on here there was a story about to men who dotted in a cat crash an one of the men was my best friend of all my life was her uncle and people was talking trash like most of the people on here are doing and let's not forget it's not only blacks that blast foul music from there car and try to force themselves into little clothing and have there butts hanging out
One Big Day October 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
You may want to read thoroughly before responding inappropriately. There is not one comment regarding race in my post. 12 years old, i doubt that. Seems you are the same person posting under numerous names here. Studying books to correct your grammar is something you may want to consider in the immediate future.
David C October 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Grow up people! If you are looking to blame you only need to look in the mirrior. You, I, and everyone else in this society are to blame for what is going on by the simple fact that we have allowed it to happen. ie... Common mentallity " It's not affecting me so why should I care". If you really want to do something about our lame society get involved with local delegates, churches, schools, or any youth administrative type programs instead of resting on your Laurels and pointing fingers.
AmericanMarine October 22, 2012 at 08:02 PM
hope this brings this sad string to and end.
Gina Word October 27, 2012 at 06:28 AM
SG from PH October 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Being civil and honoring one another is all I ask. Keep to yourself and don't interfer with my rights as citizen or you will then have a problem. I have the right and privilege to protect my rights and the ability to do so. I fought too allow you the rights to be a civil citizen and if I have to remind you once and you don't respond then you have a significant problem. Watch out for the military veterans, we stick together while we surround you. We are tired of thuggery regardless of the race of the thug.
Parkvillehoney November 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Gina Word is a piece of work. This criminal cousin commits a crime and she defends him. Is this the type of family Joseph Charles Williams was raised in?? They approve of crime!!! If my family commits a crime, I will still love them but I wouldn't approve of their behavior. I hope Mr Williams will see some jail time. I feel sorry for this family.


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