Man charged in North East-area armed robbery
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— A man remained jailed Tuesday after he allegedly robbed an acquaintance at gunpoint inside his North East- area home — while the victim’s two children were inside the house, according to Cecil County District
The suspect, Lawrence Dean Lucas, 48, of the 600 block of Lombard Road near Rising Sun, is charged with armed robbery, first- degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence and four other offenses, court re- cords show.
Lucas, whom Maryland State Police investigators captured last week, remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $ 150,000 bond on Tuesday.
The incident occurred about 1: 30 p. m. on Aug. 14 at the victim’s residence in the 300 block of Mechan- ics Valley Road, where Lucas had gone after making a phone call to say he would be visiting, police reported.
“( The victim) indicated Lawrence Dean Lucas arrived at his home and was let in by ( the victim’s) 9- year- old daughter,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by MSP Sr. Trooper Nathan Wilson, lead investigator.
Court records indicate that the victim’s 8- yearold son also was inside the residence at the time of the armed robbery.
Lucas walked upstairs and went into the victim’s bedroom, where Lucas allegedly grabbed him and wrapped his arm around his neck, police reported.
“( The victim) described something pressed against his lower neck from the rear. ( The victim) thought Lucas was messing around and so he pulled from Lucas and turned toward him and observed Lucas to be holding a silver semiauto- matic handgun,” court records allege.
Lucas demanded “any and all money,” prompting the victim to handed over $ 527, police reported.
The suspect then left the house and drove away in burgundy Jeep Wrangler, police said. Lucas drove south on Mechanics Valley Road toward the town of North East, police added.
MSP investigators were able to track down Lucas a few days later and arrest him, according to police.