Fatal knifing of suspect ‘justifiable’

Restaurant worker came to aid of wife during robbery

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A Bowie restaurant employee who fatally stabbed a robber after the man pistol-whipped the employee’s pregnant wife will likely not face criminal charges, police said Wednesday.

Prince George's County police have preliminarily ruled the death Monday of Henry Lamont Gilbert, 29, of the 1600 block of Marion Street in Northwest D.C. a justifiable homicide.

On May 18, Gilbert entered Beijing Cafe at 1324 Crain Highway and demanded money from the pregnant woman who was working at the front counter, according to a report of the incident by the Bowie Police Department.

Authorities say that when the woman began screaming, Gilbert beat her with his handgun. The woman’s husband, who was in the back of the restaurant cooking, came running to the front with a kitchen knife in hand when he heard her screams. He fought with Gilbert, cutting him multiple times on the head, neck and body before Gilbert ran away, the police report says.

About three hours later, police found Gilbert sitting inside a vehicle in the 16000 block of Governors Bridge Road, about five miles from the restaurant. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for his lacerations and died Monday.

Bowie police think Gilbert had robbed another store in the same shopping center as Beijing Cafe just before he attempted to rob the restaurant.

Prince George's County police said their robbery unit is investigating whether Gilbert was responsible for any other recent robberies in the area.

According to court documents, Gilbert previously served time for two other armed robberies.

In 2003, he pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and three years of probation, according to court records. While on probation he was taken back into custody for a violation and was released in 2005. Just two years later, he was back in court again, this time pleading guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon. He was released on probation in July 2010, according to court records.

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