Local digest: Man sought in robbery in casino parking lot; plane strays over D.C.

April 6
MARYLAND
Suspect sought in robbery near casino

Anne Arundel County Police are looking for a man they say robbed someone in the Maryland Live Casino parking garage early Saturday morning, officials said Sunday.

Police released video surveillance images of a man they said approached the victim in his car about 7 a.m. Saturday, displayed a gun and demanded money. The victim was in his car with a woman when the robbery occurred, Police Lt. T.J. Smith said. The victim had left the casino earlier.

Smith said video images showed that the suspect fled in a black Nissan Altima.

“We have good images of him on video, and detectives are working around the clock,” he said.

Police are working with security from the casino-entertainment complex and the Arundel Mills Mall, which share parking.

Smith said most other crimes around the casino, which opened in 2012, have been solved with the help of good video images. Two robberies took place on the same day last summer, he said.

— Michelle Boorstein

THE REGION
Jets scrambled when plane strays over D.C.

Two F-16 fighter jets briefly intercepted a small plane Sunday that was flying in restricted airspace over the District without communicating with air-traffic controllers, the Air Force said, but the pilot was not found to have hostile intentions.

The fighters were scrambled from Joint Base Andrews about 12:30 p.m. when a Cessna was detected over Washington and its pilot did not immediately respond to air-traffic controllers, said Air Force Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk, a spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado.

When the F-16s arrived, the Cessna’s pilot had left restricted airspace, and he soon began talking with air-traffic controllers, Stadnyk said.

The pilot, whose identity was not made public, apparently flew over the nation’s capital “without realizing that he was somewhere where he shouldn’t be,” Stadnyk said. She said she did not know whether the plane was forced to land.

NORAD’s involvement ended when the plane left restricted airspace, and any follow-up investigation would be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration, Stadnyk said.

— Paul Duggan

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