Grand jury indicts teen in Elkton carjacking Police seek accomplices
— 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
email@example.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.
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.