Police: Woman Robbed Columbia Mall Carousel, Grabbed Employee by Hair, Then Bit Her

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A 22-year-old woman is in Howard County police custody following an ugly altercation last week at the Columbia Mall.

In a video circulated online by police this week, the alleged perpetrator, Ahleyah Marie Rockwell, appears to grab a woman by the hair and drag her to the floor. Police say the woman, a 69-year-old mall employee, was trying to stop Rockwell after she allegedly reached into a register at the carousel booth and stole cash. Rockwell is also accused of shoving an employee manning the register, as well as a witness who tried to intervene. She fled the premises through the food court, police said.

Police said Rockwell also bit the 69-year-old mall employee. The woman was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Luckily, someone was recording. Here’s the video that the police shared:

With tips and leads, Howard County authorities were able to identify Rockwell as the pictured suspect. She’s since been detained and charged with robbery, theft of less than $1,000 and three counts of second-degree assault, according to court records.

An attorney wasn’t listed under her name. Rockwell was previously charged with burglary, theft, disorderly conduct, assault and identity fraud in five other incidents; prosecutors dropped the charges in exchange for pleas in each case.

Rockwell’s court date is set for Sept. 1.

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Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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