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A Lanham woman has been arrested for allegedly grabbing a bite — but she wasn’t in a restaurant.

Prince George’s County police charged 25-year-old LeJean Nicola Lancaster of the 8400 block of Hamlin Street in Lanham with robbery and second-degree assault for allegedly trying to rob an elderly woman leaving an Accokeek restaurant and biting two men who prevented her from getting away.

Lancaster allegedly held the door open for an 80-year-old woman and her husband leaving a carryout restaurant in the 7000 block of Berry Road around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

When the couple walked out, Lancaster pushed the woman and grabbed her purse, police said. When Lancaster attempted to run away, the husband and a witness tackled her and held her down, according to police.

While being restrained, Lancaster bit both men, police said, and caused minor injuries.

Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman, said Lancaster admitted to the robbery.

A defense attorney for Lancaster was not listed with the courts Thursday morning, according to online county court records. She is set for an April 29 preliminary hearing in Upper Marlboro, online court records state.

A phone number for Lancaster’s residence was not located.

Officers are still looking for a man suspected of trying to free Lancaster as she was being restrained by the men, according to the department. The unknown suspect hit the face of one of the men holding Lancaster but ran away when Lancaster was unable to escape, police said.

“When the two men had the lady subdued, he came in and punched a guy and took off,” said Copeland, noting that detectives are still looking into how the suspect may be connected to the robbery.

djgross@gazette.net