A store manager at St. Charles Towne Center shopping mall in Waldorf was kidnapped and shot in the leg by a former employee, according to Charles County District Court documents filed last week.
Jacobi Marquette Williams, 17, of Waldorf was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and kidnapping in the May 28 incident, the Charles County Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities provided this account of events in court documents: Christopher McGhee, the 21-year-old manager, left the Underground Station clothing and shoe store shortly after 10 p.m. and noticed a car parked next to his in the mall lot. He recognized Williams, an employee he had fired. Williams pointed a small black revolver at him and demanded money.
McGhee did not have any money, so Williams began beating him with the gun after searching his pockets. Williams then forced him into a Pontiac Grand Am and drove off.
After a few minutes, McGhee told authorities, Williams shot him in the leg because he was moving around inside the car too much. Then Williams dumped him at the side of Accokeek Road in Prince George's County, where officers from the Prince George's County Police Department found him. He was flown to Prince George's General Hospital, where he was treated for the gunshot wound, a broken femur and cuts on his head.
Some people in the St. Charles Towne Center parking lot saw what had happened and told another Underground Station manager about it, according to court documents. A store employee called the sheriff's office for help.
McGhee, a Baltimore resident, was released from the hospital but could not be reached for comment Friday. Another manager at Underground Station declined to speak about the case because of the investigation.
The mall has 24-hour security staffing, said David Gott, manager of St. Charles Towne Center. He said that most of the problems involve people breaking into cars or teenagers getting rowdy and that the number of incidents has stayed about the same, or even decreased, lately.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was injured," Gott said.