A man wearing a hockey mask similar to that worn by a fictional serial killer in a horror movie franchise robbed a woman at knife-point in Frederick on Thursday, according to police.
The woman told police that she first saw the man, who was not wearing the mask at the time, when he walked out from behind a dumpster shortly after she parked outside the Miyako Japanese Steak & Seafood restaurant at 6:18 p.m. Thursday, according to charging documents. The man donned the mask as he walked up to the driver’s side door, opened it and ordered the woman to get out of the car.
The woman quickly got out of the car and did not resist when the man grabbed her cellphone. She told police that the man was holding a knife with a 3-inch blade about 2 feet away from her during the robbery, according to the documents.
The woman told police that she feared for her life, recounting how the man threatened to kill her and noting the man’s mask, which the woman compared to a costume worn by Jason Voorhees, the machete-wielding antagonist of the “Friday the 13th” horror movie franchise.
“I’m going to stab you,” the man reportedly told the woman after ordering her to sit on a nearby curb. “I’ll kill you if you get up.”
After briefly getting himself tangled up in the woman’s car, the man ran across the Westridge Square Shopping Center parking lot toward Key Parkway, according to the documents. The woman tried to follow the man in her car, but lost sight of him in the woods just as police arrived to meet her.
Jamar Laray Scott, 29, was found in a search and was detained by police long enough for the woman to identify him as the assailant, the documents state.
Scott denied taking any part in the robbery, but police noted that the woman had seen his face before the robbery and found the hockey mask about 50 yards from where Scott was detained, the documents state.
Neither the woman’s cellphone nor her purse, which police said had a total estimated value of $1,090, had been recovered as of Friday.
Scott, who has a listed address in the 100 block of South Market Street, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, reckless endangerment, theft from $100 to $1,500, rogue and vagabond, and first- and second-degree assault, according to court records.
A District Court judge denied bail to Scott in a hearing Friday afternoon, ordering that Scott remain in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center until further notice.