Po­lice ar­rest armed rob­bery sus­pect

Al­legedly robbed North East store

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— So­cial me­dia post­ings, tips and a search war­rant led to the ar­rest of a man who al­legedly robbed a North East con­ve­nience store at gun­point on Sun­day night, ac­cord­ing to the North East Po­lice Depart­ment and Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records.

NEPD Cpl. Stephen Yates, lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, re­ported that of­fi­cers cap­tured the sus­pect, Shawn Adams, 23, of the 300 block of Merry Street in North East, on Thurs­day night.

Adams stands ac­cused of rob­bing the Stop & Go at 1 Ce­cil Ave. about 8:20 p.m. Sun­day. Po­lice said he dis­played a hand­gun and de­manded cash and cig­a­rettes, then fled on foot af­ter the clerk com­plied. A surveil­lance cam­era video­taped the armed rob­bery, which helped in­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­tify the sus­pect, po­lice added.

Photos gleaned from that video ap­peared in the Ce­cil Whig, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­ranged to have them posted on Metro Crime Stop­pers’

NORTH EAST

Face­book page and on other so­cial me­dia sites, ac­cord­ing to Yates, who re­ported that the tac­tic gen­er­ated help­ful in­for­ma­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also re­ceived a key tip from a per­son who in­di­cated that he was re­lated to the sus­pect, po­lice re­ported.

“The man came into the North East Po­lice Depart­ment and watched the surveil­lance video. The man said with­out a doubt that is Shawn Adams. He knew by the way he walked, his fa­cial fea­tures, fore­head and ears. He has seen Shawn wear shirts (like the one seen) in the video,” court records al­lege.

That in­for­ma­tion led to in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Mary­land State Po­lice, as well as the NEPD, to con­duct a court-ap­proved search of Adams’ res­i­dence on Merry Street about 11:15 p.m. on Thurs­day and find­ing ev­i­dence link­ing Adams to the armed rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“Dur­ing the search (an in­ves­ti­ga­tor) found the clothes that were worn dur­ing the rob­bery un­der Shawn Adams’ bed ... There was also a black hand­gun lo­cated in Adams’ fa­ther’s room that matched the hand­gun used in the rob­bery,” court records show.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also found and con­fis­cated a tan bag con­tain­ing sev­eral bag­gies con­tain­ing sus­pected heroin, ac­cord­ing to court records.

As in­ves­ti­ga­tors pre­pared to leave the res­i­dence af­ter com­plet­ing the search, Adams ar­rived at his home and was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent, court records show.

As of Fri­day af­ter­noon, Adams re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $300,000 bond, ac­cord­ing to court records, which in­di­cate that he is fac­ing five charges, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery, theft of less than $1,000 and use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a felony or crime of vi­o­lence.

The in­ci­dent at the Stop & Go marks the first of

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NEPD

Th­ese surveil­lance photos show the sus­pect who robbed the Stop-N-Go con­ve­nience store in North East on Sun­day night, now iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Shawn Adams.

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