A 64-year-old man was robbed and beaten with his own walking stick after a group of six teenagers and young men attacked him in a parking lot at the Glen Burnie Towne Center late Tuesday night, according to Anne Arundel County Police.
The incident was one of two robberies reported in the area within several hours of one another.
The man flagged a patrol officer down about 11:15 p.m. to report the incident near the Toys R Us store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway, police said.
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The man was knocked to the ground during the incident and assaulted by several in the group of six, who ranged in age from their late teens to early 20s, police said.
About two and a half hours later, officers were called to the area of Glen Ridge Road — less than a mile from the Toys R Us — for a report of a taxi driver being robbed.
The driver told police he'd responded to the area to pick up a fare when a man and woman entered the rear of his taxi. The man then put a gun to the driver's head and demanded cash, the driver told police.
The driver gave the man cash, and the pair exited the taxi and got into another car driven by another man that had pulled in front of the taxi, police said.
The taxi driver briefly followed the car, described as a gray Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra, before losing sight of it, police said.
Tipsters who leave usable information with Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587 could be eligible for a $2,000 reward.