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Suspect Fired Shots During Armed Robbery in Bar

Police say no one injured in the incident at J.J.'s Tavern.

Authorities have arrested a man believed to be involved in an armed robbery at J.J.'s Tavern in Glen Burnie on Saturday, and linked him to an attempt to pass counterfeit money at a restaurant.

Arrested was Mark Donovan Hopkins Sr., 40, of 1000 block of 7th Street in Glen Burnie.

At 1:38 a.m. on Saturday, Anne Arundel County police responded to J.J.'s Tavern in the 1000 block of 1st Street after several reports of shots fired inside the bar.

According to a police statement, a man believed to be Hopkins entered the bar, announced a robbery and demanded money from the register. During the incident, the suspect fired shots into the glass of a coin-operated gaming machine and ultimately took an undisclosed amount of money from the machine along with a purse from one of the patrons. The suspect then fled the business. No one was injured.

Two hours later, northern district officers pulled over a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle, which led to Hopkins' arrest on the robbery charge.

Police also said Hopkins and two others in the vehicle had used a counterfeit bill at the Honey Bee Diner located in the 7300 block of Ritchie Highway. All three suspects were charged accordingly in relation to that incident, according to the statement.

The robbery investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Dzambo at 410-222-3605.

Just My Opinion January 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Can't even read the story because there is a pop up over the article that I can't get out of (iphone5).
Tammy Scott January 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM
SAD that people robbing establishments in their very own neighborhood!
patricia January 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I sure do hope he had a gun permit, or else he's in real trouble.
johnny law January 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM
those guys are supplying there dope habit . Im a victum of one of those guys who got away with breaking into my stuff. I even got him on camera. I never even got a court notice on him. His partner got some time though

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