Maryland State Police Investigating ‘Bump And Grab’ Robbery Near Arbutus


Just before dawn on Thursday morning, a woman was driving along Interstate 95 near Arbutus, when she was struck by another vehicle. After pulling over to the side of the highway to assess the damage, she was robbed at gunpoint, state police said.

The woman’s SUV was rear-ended by an older model four-door sedan being driven by a man, who was accompanied by a male passenger. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. near the Interstate 195 interchange, police said.

According to the police report, the two men exited their vehicle, approached the woman, held her at gunpoint and forced her out of her red Toyota Rav 4.The woman told the state police that she had left a casino and had two bags in her vehicle, one filled with her personal belongings and the other contained an undisclosed amount of cash. The male suspects grabbed the bags, returned to their vehicle before fleeing.

There were no reports of similar incidents reported in recent days, according to Baltimore County Police. The description of the incident is oftentimes called a bump-and-grab robbery, said Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Julia Hardgrove. Since the incident occurred on a state highway, the State police would be in charge of the investigation.

Hardgrove recommends victims of similar situations to attempt to get the license plate number and immediately call 911. Do not exit the vehicle and confront the driver of the other vehicle, keep headlights on and call 911 or drive to the nearest fire or police station.

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