June 18, 2024
Annapolis, US 78 F

Man sentenced to 45 years for botched Annapolis robbery

scales_1Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that Darius Cameron, 28, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the attempted murder of store employees during a 2011 botched robbery at an Annapolis Spanish grocery store. Cameron, of Glen Burnie, will be on supervised probation for five years following his release.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Pamela North in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis.

On August 19, 2011, Cameron entered Anita’s Spanish Grocery on Fairfax Road in Annapolis and perused the aisles. After a few minutes, he pulled his shirt over his face, pointed a revolver at two employees and demanded cash. Cameron climbed on the counter and continued to point the gun at the employees. He pulled the trigger several times, but the gun malfunctioned. Cameron pointed the gun at a third employee and again tried to shoot, but the gun did not fire. Cameron dropped the weapon while attempting to pull the cash drawer from the register. A clerk picked up the revolver and a struggle ensued. Employees chased Cameron throughout the store and locked all doors so he could not exit. One man got Cameron on the ground and held him until police arrived.

On January 23, 2014, an Anne Arundel County jury found Cameron guilty of two counts of Attempted Second-Degree Murder, three counts of First-Degree Assault, two counts of Attempted Armed Robbery, Use of a Handgun in Commission of a Felony and Use of a Handgun in a Crime of Violence.

Leitess commended Deputy State’s Attorney William Roessler, who prosecuted the case, the Annapolis Police Department and the employees and customers of Anita’s Spanish Grocery.

“A dangerous man is off the street because of the courage of everyday people who weren’t going to let him get away and victimize others,” Leitess said. “By cooperating and testifying in court, the employees and customers of the store have made Annapolis a safer place for citizens. We thank them for their cooperation with this case.”

On Wednesday, April 9, those same employees and customers were honored for their efforts at the State’s Attorney’s Office’s Awards Ceremony and Luncheon commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Source: Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office

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