Grand jury in­dicts teen in Elkton car­jack­ing Po­lice seek ac­com­plices

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

— A Ce­cil County grand jury has in­dicted a 16-year-old boy who, along with two com­pan­ions, al­legedly car­jacked a pizza de­liv­ery em­ployee at gun­point last month in an Elkton shop­ping cen­ter.

The sus­pect, Nasir Has­san An­der­son, of the 100 block of Rudy Park in Elkton, is charged as an adult with armed car­jack­ing, armed rob­bery, first-de­gree as­sault, use of a hand­gun in the com­mis­sion of a felony or vi­o­lent crime, theft of prop­erty val­ued at more than $1,000 and less than $10,000 and three other of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court records.

An­der­son is free af­ter post­ing a $25,000 bond on Sept. 14, the same day Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested him and a week af­ter the grand jury had handed up the eight-count in­dict­ment, which re­cently was made pub­lic, court records show.

Mean­while, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing to con­nect one of An­der­son’s al­leged ac­com­plices to the car­jack­ing — which oc­curred about 1 p.m. Aug. 17 be­hind Nino’s Pizza in the Vil­lage of Elkton shop­ping plaza in the 800 block of East Pu­laski High­way — and to iden­tify the other, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman.

“We have the name of a sec­ond ju­ve­nile sus­pect, who also is 14 years old. We col­lected DNA from in­side the re­cov­ered stolen ve­hi­cle and now it is be­ing an­a­lyzed along with a DNA sam­ple of the sus­pect’s that we have on file,” Zurolo said Mon­day, ex­plain­ing that au­thor­i­ties had ob­tained the teen’s DNA sam­ple while in­ves­ti­gat­ing “a past auto theft” case.

If foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors at the Mary­land State Po­lice Crime Lab de­ter­mine that the teen’s DNA sam­ple matches the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence col­lected from the stolen and later re­cov­ered 2006 Toy­ota Cor­rola, then EPD de­tec­tives would charge him as an adult in the car­jack­ing case, Zurolo re­ported.

EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help re­gard­ing the re­main­ing sus­pect, whom de­tec­tives have been able to iden­tify only by his nick­name, “Pop,” ac­cord­ing to Zurolo, not­ing that he is be­lieved to be about “16 to 18 years old.”

Can­vass­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors caught a break in the case when they dis­cov­ered that a res­i­den­tial se­cu­rity cam­era had video­taped three teenage boys walk­ing in the area of Mel­bourne Boule­vard and West Thom­son Drive, which is close to the shop­ping cen­ter, at 1:52 p.m. Aug. 17 — about eight min­utes, be­fore the car­jack­ing, court records al­lege.

Af­ter EPD de­tec­tives posted that video and a photo gleaned from it on so­cial me­dia sites, and the Ce­cil Whig pub­lished them along with a re­lated ar­ti­cle, res­i­dents called

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ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com to iden­tify one of the sus­pects as An­der­son, ac­cord­ing to court records. An EPD of­fi­cer rec­og­nized An­der­son, too, and in­formed in­ves­ti­ga­tors, court records show.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also re­ceived tips that led to the name of the sec­ond sus­pect and the nick­name of the third one, po­lice re­ported.

In the video, An­der­son is seen “walk­ing with a limp,” which is how the vic­tim de­scribed the gait of one of the sus­pects, court records show.

“I also lo­cated pic­tures from Nasir’s (An­der­son’s) Face­book page that in­di­cate he had back surgery on June 1, 2016, which could ex­plain why he walks in a unique fash­ion,” EPD Det. Sgt. An­drew Tuer, lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, had writ­ten in charg­ing doc­u­ments.

The vic­tim iden­ti­fied An­der­son as one the sus­pects when in­ves­ti­ga­tors showed him a photo lineup, po­lice said. When view­ing the home se­cu­rity footage, he also iden­ti­fied the three peo­ple walk­ing in that video as the peo­ple who had car­jacked him, po­lice added.

Court doc­u­ments al­lege that An­der­son punched the pizza de­liv­ery worker in the face af­ter he had handed his car keys to one of the nearby sus­pects, who was point­ing a hand­gun at the em­ployee and de­mand­ing those keys.

At that point, the em­ployee ran back into the res­tau­rant, where he watched the three­some flee in his ve­hi­cle east in the west­bound lane of East Pu­laski High­way, po­lice re­ported.

Eye­wit­nesses told EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the rob­bers con­tin­ued driv­ing the wrong way down the high­way un­til they reached a por­tion of road near the Trac­tor Sup­ply Co. in the 1100 block of East Pu­laski High­way, where the ve­hi­cle “spun and struck a guardrail,” po­lice said.

Af­ter the ve­hi­cle re­cov­ered, po­lice added, the driver went into the east­bound lane of East Pu­laski High­way and con­tin­ued to­ward Delaware.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that might help in this con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to call Det. Sgt. An­drew Tuer of the Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment at 410- 3984200, ext. 35.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EPD

This home se­cu­rity photo shows three sus­pects in a car­jack­ing that oc­curred in Elkton on Aug. 17. One of those sus­pects has since been iden­ti­fied, ar­rested and in­dicted.

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