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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Robbery suspect slashed by victim dies, police say

A robbery suspect who was slashed with a kitchen knife by a victim attempting to fend him off at a Bowie restaurant has died, police said.

Henry Lamont Gilbert, 29, of the District, died Monday of injuries he sustained during a May 18 robbery at the Bejing Café on Crain Highway, police said. Detectives have not charged anyone in connection with his death, though they also have not officially ruled the slaying justified, a Prince George’s County police spokesman said.

The incident began just before 4 p.m. According to a Prince George’s County police spokesman and a Bowie police report, Gilbert first robbed the Edible Arrangements store in the 1300 block of Crain Highway, then moved to the nearby Beijing Café. There he demanded money from a pregnant woman working at the counter, according to the report. When the woman, 31, screamed, Gilbert began hitting her in the head with a handgun, according to the report.

Gilbert eventually ran behind the counter and took money from the register, according to the police report. When he did so, the woman’s husband, a 33-year-old who also works at the business, slashed him with a kitchen knife, according to the report.

Gilbert fought the man and then fled, despite having sustained lacerations to his head, neck and body, according to the report. Police found him about three hours later in a vehicle in the 16000 block of Governors Bridge Road, according to the Prince George’s spokesman and the report. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Cpl. Larry Johnson, the Prince George’s County police spokesman, said detectives are still treating the man injured during the robbery as a victim, and as such, police had not charged him and would not identify him publicly. He said the investigation into the case is ongoing.

By  |  04:24 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Homicide

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