Howard County police arrested four suspects in a Dec. 18 armed robbery in Columbia and recovered illegal guns, ammunition, and drugs as part of the investigation. 

Malachi Smith, 18, and Kahlil Hill, 18, both of Columbia, are charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault, motor vehicle theft, and theft. A juvenile male, 17, of Aberdeen, is charged as an adult with the same offenses. All three are being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center. A 15-year-old male from Columbia also is charged as a juvenile in the robbery. 

While making the arrests on Feb. 16, police recovered from the suspects’ residences five illegally owned guns: three handguns, including one made from parts; one rifle; and one shotgun. They also recovered more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, extended magazines, and approximately two pounds of marijuana. Additional charges are pending on the weapons and drug violations. 

On Dec. 18, two teenage male victims reported that they arranged to meet with the suspects in the 7600 block of Woodpark Lane to sell marijuana. The suspects then displayed handguns, assaulted the victims, and stole their belongings and their vehicle. Through investigation, police identified the suspects.

Howard County police have a unit dedicated to gun investigations and it accepts tips anonymously at 410-313-STOP or [email protected].

Robbery and gun arrests


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