Sus­pect nabbed af­ter rob­bery at­tempt

Tried to rob Dol­lar Deals store

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A woman tried to rob a dis­count store in Elk­ton on La­bor Day, only to find her­self in hand­cuffs a short dis­tance away from the crime scene mo­ments later, po­lice re­ported Tues­day.

The at­tempted armed rob­bery o c c u r r ed about 12:30 p.m. Mon­day at the Dol­lar Deals store in the Big Elk Mall, where the sus­pect — Amanda Lynn Self, 33, of the 200 block of Not­ting­ham Road near Elk­ton — handed a cashier a note in­di­cat­ing she had a hand­gun and de­mand­ing money, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.

“The sus­pect never dis­played a firearm. The em­ployee did not im­me­di­ately com­ply with the re­quest,” Zurolo said, adding, “At some point dur­ing this

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in­ter­ac­tion, a cus­tomer of the store ap­proached the reg­is­ter area; this caused the sus­pect to flee the scene.”

Re­spond­ing to the at­tempted rob­bery call, EPD of­fi­cers ar­rived at the store and learned from the vic­tim and wit­nesses that the ban­dit was wear­ing cargo shorts, flip flops, white socks, a dark T-shirt and a white vi­sor, po­lice said. They also re­ceived

a phys­i­cal de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect, which in­cluded her hav­ing dis­tinc­tively short brown hair, po­lice added.

Of­fi­cers ex­pe­di­ently searched for the de­scribed sus­pect, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo.

“Due to the quick re-

sponse and ar­rival on scene, of­fi­cers were able to quickly set up a perime­ter and be­gin a can­vass of the area. In short no­tice, of­fi­cers lo­cated a fe­male sub­ject, match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect, sit­ting against the build­ing oc­cu­pied by Key Lime Taxi,” he ex­plained.

Key Lime Taxi is head­quar­tered at 222 S. Bridge St., a road that runs by the

west­ern en­trance to the Big Elk Mall.

Mo­ments later, af­ter of­fi­cers took that woman into cus­tody and ar­ranged for the vic­tim to see her, the store em­ployee “pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied” that woman, iden­ti­fied as Self, as the per­son who had tried to rob the Dol­lar Deals, po­lice re­ported.

Self is is fac­ing five crim­i­nal charges, in­clud­ing

armed rob­bery, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and at­tempted theft of less than $1,000, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records.

She re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $150,000 bond early Tues­day af­ter­noon, af­ter a bail re­view hear­ing in which the judge elected not to change the amount of her orig­i­nal bond, court records show.

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