Columbia man charged with string of robberies targeting elderly women

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Columbia man charged with string of robberies targeting elderly women

Zayah Abdul Alhassan, 19, was charged with multiple counts of robbery, theft and second-degree assault by the Howard County Police Department. (Courtesy photo / Howard County Police Department) A Columbia teenager who police claim snatched the purses of three elderly women and broke into a house last month was arrested last week.

Zayah Abdul Alhassan, 19, is charged with robbery, theft and second-degree assault after being connected to a string of three robberies in May, according to county police.

Alhassan was being held on $40,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center, according to court records.

Alhassan is also charged with burglary and theft after being linked to a May 10 break-in at a house in the 7100 block of Honeyladen Place.

Police neighborhood community resource officers identified Alhassan during an investigation and arrested him at his home of 7000 block of Talisman Lane on Friday, authorities announced. The arrest was announced Monday.

On May 14, police responded to a call in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way at approximately 5:29 p.m. where a woman had been followed into an apartment building lobby and her purse stolen from a shopping cart.A similar incident occurred on May 22, when an elderly woman’s purse was stolen […]

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