A Frederick man was ordered held without bail Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies said he used an SUV he took from the car dealership where he worked to rob a 7-Eleven at knifepoint.

Allen Michael Hooks, 27, took an Audi SUV from the Ourisman Audi dealership where he works as a subcontractor and drove it to the gas station and convenience store in the 5700 block of Buckeystown Pike at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to court charging documents. Hooks entered the store wearing a shirt with eye holes cut into it over his face and threatened a cashier and a customer with a knife, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.

“I have a knife. Give me all the cash,” Hooks told the manager working the store’s cash register, according to the documents.

The man standing in line, Joshua Rendon, said in an interview with The Frederick News-Post that he didn’t see Hooks walk in, but he recalled turning to see a man in a dark mask standing next to him at the counter.

“He just said, ‘Step back,’ then he pulled out a knife and told me if everyone cooperated then nobody would get hurt,” Rendon said.

The manager handed over $140 in $20 bills from the register and Hooks left the store, got back into the Audi and drove away before deputies arrived, the documents state. As the robber was leaving, Rendon said he walked up to the glass and took down the vehicle’s description and license plate from where it was backed into a parking space to the right of the store.

Using the Audi’s license plate number, detectives contacted the vehicle’s owner, who told them that they had dropped off the SUV at the dealership less than a mile away on Friday for maintenance, the documents state.

The Audi was already back at the dealership when detectives arrived to investigate. By checking vehicle sign-in records, they learned that Hooks, a subcontractor working in the dealership’s washing bay, was the last person to check in the SUV.

When Hooks saw a dealership employee retrieve the sign-in sheet for the vehicles from the washing bay, he took another customer’s vehicle from the lot and fled before deputies could confront him, the documents state.

Hooks came back to the dealership about an hour later through a back door, but deputies were notified by one of his co-workers. Hooks was uncooperative with detectives who confronted him about the robbery, refusing to talk and shoving an employee in an attempt to flee the dealership, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Hooks was restrained by dealership employees and arrested.

Hooks continued to refuse to answer questions from detectives, but clothing, including a mask, and a knife matching those worn and used in the robbery were found when deputies searched both of the vehicles Hooks used as well as Hooks himself, documents state.

Hooks was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft from $100 to $1,500, theft from $25,000 to $100,000, theft from $1,500 to $25,000, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug possession. He was also charged with three counts of second-degree assault and two counts each of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and the unauthorized removal of property.

Rendon, who served in the military, said he managed to keep his cool during the robbery, but he didn’t get the impression that the robber would have become violent if he’d faced resistance.

“I don’t know who the person was and I don’t know what was going on in his life, but he just seemed desperate for cash, like he might have had something going on in his life,” Rendon said.

While Hooks repeatedly refused to talk about the criminal charges he was facing after his arrest, he did tell detectives that he was a drug addict who had recently relapsed and was going through significant emotional distress, according to court charging documents. Several glass pipes and suspected crack cocaine were found in Hooks’ possession when he was arrested.

Hooks refused to meet with a public defender before a bail review hearing scheduled in his case Tuesday afternoon in Frederick County District Court, telling Judge W. Milnor Roberts that he did not think a lawyer was necessary for the initial hearing.

“At the bail review? No,” Hooks said when Roberts asked him if he was sure he did not want an attorney to represent him for the hearing. “There’s no need.”

Hooks listened calmly as Frederick County Assistant State’s Attorney Chad Weddle outlined the case against him and asked Roberts to continue to withhold bail. When Roberts asked whether Hooks would like to address the court, he declined.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled in Hooks’ case for April 2, according to online court records.

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(18) comments

The Grape of Wrath

Yet another example of "victimless non-violent" drug crimes. Legalize more drugs!


Not very reassuring news when leaving your vehicle at dealership for service. Didn’t realize sub-contractors was allowed access to customers personal vehicles. Sounds like this particular dealership needs to reassess its policy. What about other auto dealers?


If you think this stuff happens often, don't go to a dealership


Is there an app where we can track the progress of the wall construction? We NEED the wall. Crime abounds.


KellyAlzan: IF there were a wall, do you imagine that all crime would disappear? What in the world does this pathetic criminal have to do with that political optic? Is there nothing else that comes from your brain, out of your mouth, than idiotic comments like this?


Yawn. Not everything is because of the lack of a wall.


Again, people, she is being sarcastic. Pointing out, I believe, how this wall is somehow a national emergency yet crime is rampant among regular old US citizens


Thank you shift! What I love about forums is that overtime you See so much of the personal traits of fellow commentors. Some have a sense of humor. Some have a lot of anger built up. Some are happy go lucky and probably nothing ruffles them. Some are controlling. Some are observant and well in tune. Some think they’re in tune with what’s happening, but they’re just not.


Bad week for 7-11's getting robbed by masked men in Frederick


Thanks go out to all involved in apprehending this person. This was a quick response.

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You need to give it a break. We all know that we have enough of our own criminals to deal with already.


This guy just doesn't seem to know when to quit. Just keep digging that hole.


Nine misdemeanor charges and six felony ones, all for a lousy $140. It really doesn't get much more stupid then this.




My guess is the cause of this is not stupidity, CD; I presume it is drug addiction.


Maybe one leads to the other. He sure didn't demonstrate good thinking skills.

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Hey SvS, why would I be calling for the deportation of a legal citizen, a citizen who has a right to be here whether he's a criminal or not? HUH? And if I "chose my wording so carefully," then what would you rather I had said???HUH???

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