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(UPDATED 6/13) Police Seeking Assault, Robbery Suspect Captured on Video

The incident happened in late May at an Oakland Mills bar.

This story was updated June 13 with a chance in the description of the suspect, as well as an increase in the amount of the reward.

Howard County police are seeking a woman caught on camera assaulting and robbing a woman who was walking into a Columbia bar.

The video, seen above, was taken on Sunday, May 29, at about 2 a.m. at the Second Chance Saloon, which is located in the Oakland Mills Village Center on the 5800 block of Robert Oliver Place.

The victim, who police identified as a 27-year-old woman, was entering the bar when the suspect hit her, knocking her to the floor. The suspect appears to punch the victim a few more times before taking her purse.

“Police do not believe the victim knew the suspect and do not believe there was any communication between the two before the robbery,” said Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department.

The victim was treated at the scene for minor facial injuries, police said.

The suspect was described as a black woman, approximately 5' 5" and 180 to 190 pounds, with dark brown hair in a ponytail, and wearing a short-sleeved yellow shirt and a short black skirt or shorts.

Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the suspect’s identity and arrest. Anyone with information about who the suspect is or know her whereabouts can call a tip line at 410-313-STOP (7867). Callers can remain anonymous.

David Greisman June 08, 2011 at 05:29 PM
But what about if the "dispute" is actually not a dispute, but someone assaulting and robbing a victim?
Elizabeth June 09, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Why didn't that big, fat black guy not do anything? It happened right in front of him. WTF. If he is an employee, he needs to be fired. If he's not, he needs to be banned from the bar. There is no excuse for not helping that woman.
CJ23 June 13, 2011 at 02:38 PM
It is relatively easy to watch a video of something like this and quite another to be five or ten feet away when it happens nearby. Don't be so quick to judge people for omission of action. Unless you are used to seeing people come to blows, it can confusing to sort out what is going on and come to a decision what to do. And you SHOULD think before you act in these situations. This is going to sound very wrong to most of you but the truth of the matter is, the lack of involvement by bystanders says one thing very clearly: people don't usually see this kind of thing in Oakland Mills. Is that bad? I don't think it is.
David Greisman June 13, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Thanks for your thoughts. What, if anything, do you think bystanders should have done? When should people get involved in such situations?
Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM
It is pretty awful to watch someone get assaulted. 1) Is staff trained to act on the issue at hand or is the business more concerned about a law suit? What does a 'bouncer' do? With these questions in mind, is a bystander (in this situation a customer) correct in assuming the bar will be responsible to help, especially if a bystander / customer is also injured? 2) I would hope if I were the victim, that people standing right next to me would help, especially in this particular situation. Staff should be trained in self defense as well as how to subdue a person until the police arrive. Trained staff can respond quickly. Check out Wikipedia on the 'Bystander Effect' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect it's pretty interesting.

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