Machete-wielding suspect robs 2 stores; police release photos

Police say a man used a 2-foot machete to rob two stores in two days, more than 30 miles apart.

Charles County police have released surveillance photos of the man and are asking the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

The suspect robbed a 7-11 store at Princess Garden Parkway and Goodluck Road on May 10 about 5 a.m.. Witnesses say he jumped over the counter. The stunned clerk gave up cash without resistance.

Two nights later he robbed a Papa John’s on Smallwood Drive in Waldorf, again wielding the machete.

Anyone with tips is encouraged to contact either the Charles County Sheriff's Office or Greenbelt Police. A reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest.