Two Gwynn Oak men allegedly robbed the wrong bar on Tuesday night.
Baltimore County police say Joseph McInnis, 20, and Tyree McCoy, 22, walked up to Monaghan’s Pub on in Woodlawn on Tuesday at around 5:30 p.m. for a stickup. Corp. Sean Vinson, a spokesman for the department, said they went inside, went to the takeout window, got behind the counter and held up a female employee at gunpoint.
It was the wrong time and place. Inside, off-duty officers had gathered to celebrate the retirement of a sergeant who’d been with the department for 29 years.
McInnis and McCoy made off with some money from the register, but another employee saw the alleged robbery take place and told the cops gathered in the bar. They ran outside and gave chase.
“One of the officers never lost sight of the two suspects and was able to chase them down with the assistance of other officers,” Vinson said.
In hindsight, Monaghan’s Pub may have been a bad target, considering it’s located roughly two blocks from the police department’s Woodlawn precinct on Windsor Mill Road.
The bar’s owner wasn’t immediately available to comment Thursday.
Booking photos (above) show McCoy’s face bruised up with his eye swollen shut, and McInnis with cuts near both of his eyes. Vinson said the police report on file didn’t mention any injuries sustained during their arrests.
McCoy and McInnis face charges of robbery, armed robbery, theft of less than $1,000 and first-degree assault. Neither have attorneys listed in court records. Both are due to appear in court on Sept. 29.