Royal Farms in Parkville.
Royal Farms in Parkville.

A man who robbed a Parkville Royal Farms didn’t have a getaway car handy, so he turned to Uber.

According to Baltimore County police, 23-year-old Dashawn T. Cochran pulled a gun at the register and demanded money at a Royal Farms on Harford Rd. around 2:30 a.m. Friday. When he left, he was seen getting into a silver Lexus.

Police pulled the car over, and detained all of the passengers. But only Cochran was determined to be involved in the crime. The driver said he was an Uber driver, and had just picked up the two passengers.

Police didn’t provide definitive information on whether Cochran hailed the Uber, or simply jumped in at the opportune time. Either way, the whole incident was over in about a half-hour. So, while ridesharing is changing the for-hire car business, it may not be the best means of escape.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.