Jamal Nathaniel Jackson, 32, of the 700 block of Rainbow Court, is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft and making a false statement for his alleged role in the robbery of the Edgewood Royal Farms Store, according to a press release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
At about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff's deputies responded to the Royal Farm Store at 630 Edgewood Road for a report of an armed robbery. Deputies were told a man, later identified as Jackson, entered the store and asked to use his debit card for cash. Jackson allegedly pulled a handgun from his pants and demanded cash from the clerk, who gave him an undisclosed amount of money, according to the release.
Jackson allegedly ran off. The store manager, who was outside, saw the robbery and called 911. He saw the direction Jackson fled, and responding deputies quickly apprehended Jackson after briefly chasing him, police said.
Jackson was taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he allegedly gave police a false name. Records checks by corrections officers determined Jackson's real name. He is being held at the jail on $175,000 bail.
No injuries were reported.
Harford County District Court Judge Victor Butanis raised his bail Wednesday to $250,000. An assistant state's attorney noted Jackson has 12 prior arrests and other convictions, and was also on probation for another charge.
Jackson told the judge he has signed up to work for a staffing agency and he has been staying with a friend in Edgewood.