Police in Maryland are looking Monday for an assailant in an attempted armed robbery after a 24-year-old woman and her boyfriend were held at gunpoint and robbed, all while the woman was in labor.
The assault happened Sunday around 4:30 a.m. ET, when witnesses reported a trio of assailants attempting to rob the couple, according to a press release by the Annapolis Police Department.
When police arrived, they said two of the suspects fled in the woman's vehicle. According to authorities, the suspects later abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. During the chase, the suspects threw out their weapons, which were later recovered by officers.
Officers were able to apprehend and arrest two suspects; Cornell Robinson, 44, of Washington; and Devery Kelley, 24, of Annapolis. A third suspect, who escaped in the vehicle the group had driven to the site of the crime, is still at large.
The woman was taken, unharmed and still in labor, to Anne Arundel Medical Center. It's not yet known whether the woman delivered the baby.
It was an unusual situation all around, but the Annapolis Police Department expressed relief that the incident was quickly mitigated.
"They are thankful that it was brought to an arrest so quickly," Annapolis police spokeswoman Amy Miguez told HLN. "It's a very unusual situation to have someone actually in labor and have a robbery occur, but our officers did great work to catch these two.
"We're talking 4:30 in the morning, not exactly the time when there's [on-duty] officers bursting at the seams," said Miguez. "They're having to respond to one location, but they have people fleeing to another location...it takes a lot of officers."
Miguez said the department would likely not release updates on the woman's status. The two suspects have been charged with numerous robbery and assault charges.