Police Shoot Alleged Serial Robber in King of Prussia Mall Parking Garage

Robbery suspect rams police cars, aims for officers before police open fire in King of Prussia Mall's Green Parking Deck, police say.

What to Know

  • A robbery suspect was shot by police after they say he tried to run down officers in a King of Prussia Mall parking garage, police said.
  • Police said the man held up a woman at gunpoint in the garage the day before.
  • The suspect is also implicated in a two carjackings and the abduction of an 87-year-old man in Claymont, Delaware.

An alleged serial robber who is linked to a carjacking and kidnapping in Delaware was shot by police after trying to run down officers outside the King of Prussia Mall Sunday afternoon, police tell NBC10.

The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. outside Lord and Taylor on the mall's southern edge off Gulph Road and W. Dekalb Pike in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, police said.

The suspect tried to run down officers — striking three police vehicles — in the Green Parking Deck, which is connected to Lord and Taylor and Nordstrom, Upper Merion police said. They opened fire, hitting the man.


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The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition was not released as of Monday morning. Investigators found a 9mm handgun — similar to one used in previous robberies — in the driver's seat of the suspect's car.

Part of the massive mall complex — the largest on the East Coast — was placed on lockdown for about an hour, store managers and shoppers tell NBC10.

Mall management said no employees or patrons were injured.

The suspect is implicated in at least three other crimes including a robbery in the same parking garage the day before.

Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, police believe the suspect held up a shopper as she returned to her car. The woman was not hurt, but her purse was taken. The suspect was last seen driving away in a 2012 maroon Kia Sorento, police said.

That SUV was stolen Friday from Richard Byrd, an 87-year-old Claymont, Delaware man, police said. Byrd detailed for NBC10 how the suspect walked up to Byrd's home asking for jumper cables and then shoved a handgun in his face.

Richard Byrd thought he was helping a stranded driver outside his Claymont home, but soon a gun was in his face and the suspect told him to get in the car. NBC10’s Drew Smith has the rest of the tale.

The suspect kidnapped Byrd — driving him around for two hours — before dropping him back off near home.

Wilmington Police said the suspect also stole a second car, a Chevy Cobalt, from a Wilmington apartment complex Thursday evening following a shooting.

Upper Merion Police have yet to release the suspect's identity and charges have not been filed in the King of Prussia cases.

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