Couple Assaulted, Robbed After Movie in Lex. Park

2 of 3 Suspects Arrested; Released to Parents; Names Not Released

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 19, 2008)—A couple was assaulted and robbed by three males in the parking lot outside the Loews Theater in Lexington Park Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. Two youths were quickly arrested and charged. The third suspect has not been identified. Police have not released the names of the victims or those arrested.

Police say the incident began when the three male suspects met the couple as they made their way to their car in the parking lot. The victims told police that the suspects taunted the lady and followed them to their vehicle where all three attacked the male and hit him several times with brass knuckles. The suspects then stole the female's purse and fled on foot.

Police were called and St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office patrol units located a 16 year-old suspect from Calvert County near the scene. Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) detectives were called in to investigate and subsequently located a second 17 year-old suspect in Calvert County.

Both juveniles were charged with robbery, theft, and 2nd degree assault and released to their parents.

Detectives are continuing to look for the third suspect, described as a black male, approximately 6' tall, with a thin build and dark shirt.

The male victim was treated at the scene for cuts and abrasions.

The Loews Theater is located in an old commercial development that suffers from the poor planning that plagues much of Lexington Park and Great Mills. The area is isolated, not well lighted, not well traveled at night, and the parking lot is located far to the side of the theater where it can not be observed from the building.

St. Mary's County was supposed to receive a new multiplex years ago in conjunction with the approvals granted for the First Colony complex in California. However, the developer reneged and the County ultimately settled for the Great Mills community swimming pool in place of the theater.

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