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Police arrested a Waldorf man March 25 after a clerk at the 7-Eleven convenience store on U.S. 301 in Waldorf was able to trap him in the store during a robbery attempt, moments after the man had also tried to rob the nearby Popeyes fast-food restaurant.
Following the first robbery attempt, which occurred around 10:19 p.m., a lookout was broadcast for a man running north from the Popeyes toward the 7-Eleven. As an officer was passing the store, he noticed a clerk standing outside of the front doors, trying to keep a man from leaving, according to charging papers.
Officers responded and arrested the man, Daniel Thomas Newman, 45, as he walked out of the 7-Eleven.
The clerk told investigators he had been speaking with employees at the Popeyes about the robbery that had just occurred when Newman ran into the store and requested cigarettes, the papers state.
As the clerk walked behind the counter, Newman followed him and began stealing packs of cigarettes. The clerk then ran out of the store, closed the doors behind him and, calling out for help, held them shut until police arrived, the records state.
Two people working at the Popeyes identified Newman as the man who tried to rob them.
They said Newman walked into the store with his right hand inside his sweatshirt pocket and demanded money.
When the employees did not respond, Newman began knocking the cash registers off the front counter, at which point the employees, fearing he had a gun, activated the restaurant’s alarm and ran to the back of the kitchen, the documents state.
Newman exited the Popeyes and stood out front for a moment before two of the employees chased him toward the 7-Eleven.
Police found a wrench in the front pocket of Newman’s sweatshirt, along with a pair of work gloves, pliers and a flashlight, according to court records.
In the 7-Eleven, eight packs of cigarettes with a total value of $51.36 were found on the floor.
Surveillance video shows Newman walking into the Popeyes with his right hand inside his sweatshirt pocket, as described by the employees, the papers state.
Later at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s Waldorf station, Newman admitted to both robberies, claiming he was homeless and hungry, police said.
Newman said “he messed up but it didn’t matter because he would not serve any time for these charges,” the documents state.
Newman has been charged with armed robbery, two counts of robbery, first- and second-degree assault and theft of less than $100. He is being held on $50,000 bond, according to online court records.