Two men were arrested after cops say they robbed a bar outside Baltimore while off-duty officers were there for a police retirement party.
The Baltimore Sun reports the masked men allegedly demanded cash from the register at a Woodlawn bar, Monaghan’s, Tuesday evening while a group of officers gathered for a longtime sergeant’s retirement.
Monaghan’s owner Jack Milani said the men demanded cash from the register and then took off.
An employee informed the officers that the robbery had just occurred and a few of the officers attending the outing went outside and were able to chase down and arrest the suspects nearby.
Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson says 21-year-old Joseph McInnis III and 22-year-old Tyree McCoy face armed robbery, theft and other charges.
The Sun reports neither had an attorney listed in online court records.
Monaghan’s Pub owner says it’s odd that someone would attempt a robbery because a precinct station is across the street.
During shift changes, he said, there are a lot of squad cars coming and going into the station, and he said many of the officers are regular customers.
‘It’s kind of odd you would even attempt it,’ Milani said. ‘Officers are always in here. There was a decent amount of them.’
Vinson says the party was for David Neral who has been with the department since 1988.