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This story was corrected at 12 p.m. Sept. 23. An explanation follows the story.

A Mount Rainier man is under arrest for allegedly beating a 72-year-old man with a baseball bat during a botched robbery Sept. 15.

Prince George’s County Police arrested Justin Strong of the 4100 block of 34th Street in Mount Rainier on Sept. 21 and have charged him with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed robbery, and several other charges.

The arrest comes after county police were called to the 3800 block of Bladensburg Road in Colmar Manor Saturday after receiving a report of an assault in progress. When police arrived they found the elderly man suffering from severe injuries. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he is now in stable conditions, police said in a statement.

At around 5:48 a.m., the man had been waiting at a nearby bus stop when Strong allegedly approached him while brandishing a knife. Strong allegedly demanded the 72 year old’s wallet, police said.

“The victim refused, at which point the suspect walked away,” police said.

Strong, who is 6’1“ tall and weight 160 pounds, then allegedly returned, this time armed with an aluminum baseball bat, and began assaulting the elderly man, police said.

“That's when a good Samaritan passed by and yelled for the suspect to stop,” police said.

Strong allegedly fled the scene, leading police investigators to canvas Colmar Manor, handing out a sketch of the alleged assailant and asking for tips from the public.

Following his arrest, Strong was placed on a no-bond status and sent to the county’s jail in Upper Marlboro on Sept. 22, according to the county Department of Corrections’ website. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 19, and no attorney information was yet listed, according to online records.

amccombs@gazette.net

Correction: The attack happened on Sept. 15.