Towson Starbucks robbed at gunpoint

TOWSON, Md. - Towson resident Joshua Robbins was insistent on getting his early morning cup of coffee—a grande vanilla latte to be exact—from his local Starbucks.

"I tried getting their attention at the intercom," Robbins said. "Then [I] drove up to the window [and] saw the top of a guy and a girl's heads. I beeped then got out of my car. I thought they were hooking up or something."

Frustrated, Robbins got out of his car and knocked on the window at the coffee shop at the corner of York Road and Burke Avenue.

"The girl then motions her hand as a gun to her head. I drove around the corner called the police. Like eight police cars roll up came about two minutes later," Robbins said.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost confirmed that the Starbucks was robbed at 5:56 a.m. A man wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun demanded money from the register.

There were four employees inside the Starbucks at the time. The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, sending the armed robber on his way.

There were no injuries, although Robbins said the robbery took an emotional toll on the employees.

"The employees were crying," he said. "Long story short didn't get my coffee."

It was the second time in eight days that a Starbucks was robbed at gunpoint in Towson, according to police reports.

The Starbucks in the 6300 block of York Road was robbed on Dec. 29. Spokeswoman Julia Hardrove said police, however, arrested a suspect in that case. 

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