Malik R. Abdullah
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lawrenceburg Police say a Cincinnati man is suspected in a robbery and shooting at a convenience store last month.
Charging information against Malik R. Abdullah, 35, was filed by Lawrenceburg Police in Dearborn Circuit Court on Thursday, July 12. Charges include Robbery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Robbery While Armed with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery While Armed with a Deadly Weapon, and Aggravated Battery.
Abdullah was arrested Monday in Hamilton County, Ohio. He remains in jail there awaiting extradition to Indiana.
According to a probable cause affidavit, investigators believe Abdullah is responsible for a June 18 holdup at the Fast Track BP gas station on Arch Street. Early that morning, a masked man entered the store from the rear entrance and, within seconds of entering the building, shot the clerk in the leg and demanded money.
A witness to the robbery pulled into the BP parking lot as the robber fled the store through the front doors. The witness followed a getaway vehicle for a short time as it sped away, getting a rough description of the vehicle.
Later in the morning, police received a call about a man running on U.S. 50 near State Line Road in Hamilton County holding a black bag. That man was later identified as Abdullah. He told officers he had been at a local casino with his girlfriend. He claimed they got into a fight and she left him.
On June 25, a highway mowing crew discovered an abandoned automobile off the roadway on the Interstate 275 on-ramp in Greendale going towards Ohio. The black 1997 Infiniti was found driven several feet into a wooded area not visible from the road.
The car was registered to Abdullah. It matched the vehicle description given by the witness. Inside, officers found a .45 caliber handgun – the same size bullet recovered by detectives at the scene of the robbery and shooting.
On June 27, the witness to the robbery was asked to pick the suspect from a photo array which included a photo of Abdullah. The witness identified Abdullah as the driver of the getaway vehicle he had seen flee from the convenience store.
A second suspect identified only as John Doe was named in the charging information. The suspect may have been the second person in the car seen by the witness.