HANOVER, Md. -
We're in it for the bargains. We're up late for the tradition, but we're certainly not banking on getting robbed on Black Friday.
"He's going in to get something for his parents and all of a sudden he gets jumped by five dudes, for what," said Jon Bureman, who lives near Arundel Mills and shops at the mall.
It's enough to anger anyone a few hours after we gave thanks. Anne Arundel County police say just after 2 a.m. on Black Friday, a 14-year-old boy was leaving the Bed Bath & Beyond store at Arundel Mills when at least five men walked up behind him.
The teen was on the sidewalk when a suspect punched him and another stole his bag before they ran toward Bass Pro.
It's not even December, and we're talking about the Grinch who stole Christmas. Shoppers think the location of Arundel Mills, in between two major cities, brings the crime.
"You have like people from Baltimore coming here, people from DC. DC doesn't have a mall. Baltimore, there's like really not a mall there," said Lisa Davis, who lives near Arundel Mills and shops at the mall.
Davis has four young girls and will keep her shopping to daytime hours. The latest incident is not the only one on shoppers' minds.
"Even last year, even at Dave & Buster's, some guy got shot right in the head. So it doesn't make sense," said Bureman.
Two people were shot and killed in the parking lot of Dave & Buster's last November.
The suspect was shot and killed by police when he came out of his Prince George's County home with an AK-47 in one hand and a shotgun in the other.
Since then, the casino has opened at the mall and voters legalized table games to expand gambling.
"We're supposed to go out tonight. We were going to go to Ram's Head Live to see the concert but I'm like do you really want to go because this just happened?," said Bureman.
The robbery has not slowed down the line of cars going into the mall.
Police say the victim had minor injuries. The suspects are only described as black males between the ages of 17 and 21 wearing black North Face jackets and blue jeans.
The group of guys got away before police got to the scene. We have not heard back from a spokesman for Arundel Mills.
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