Second suspect captured in robbery
— The second and remaining suspect in the strong-arm robbery of a Conowingo convenience store earlier this month is now in custody, according to Cecil County District Court records and police officials.
Investigators arrested the suspect — Edward Lawrence Hancock, 43, on Friday, court records show.
Charged with robbery, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft and four other offenses, Hancock remained jailed without bond on Monday morning, according to court records.
Hancock’s arrest came three days after his alleged accomplice, Coty Michelle Boyd, 23, of Havre de Grace, was captured by Metropolitan Police Department officers in southwest Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, police said.
Those officers arrested Boyd on a warrant that Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Det. Tyler Price had filed in the Conowingo robbery case af-
ter social media tips helped him and fellow investigators identify Boyd as a suspect, police added.
Boyd remained jailed on Monday in lieu of a $50,000 bond, court records show.
As of Monday morning, information concerning Hancock’s arrest and how investigators had identified him as a suspect was unavailable.
Hancock stands accused of charging behind the counter at the Pantry I FoodMart at 1897 Conowingo Road at 3:38 p.m. on Oct. 11, grabbing the cash register as the employee there screamed and then fleeing on foot with it, according to Lt. Michael Holmes, a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
A store surveillance video of the robbery shows a woman, later identified as Boyd, standing in front of the checkout counter and apparently buying something, when her alleged accomplice rushes behind the counter.
Investigators believe that Boyd made the purchase so the employee would have to open the cash register, po- lice said. They also believe that Boyd was there to distract the clerk as her alleged accomplice, now identified as Hancock, bolted from the side, police added.
Helping investigators identify Boyd as a suspect was a store surveillance video of the robbery, which CCSO detectives posted on the agency’s Facebook page in hopes of generating some tips, police reported.
“We have very clear footage of her, and we receive several tips that allowed us to identify Boyd as the sus- pect,” Holmes told the Cecil Whig last week adding, “We also obtained information that she was involved in the robbery.”
The surveillance video shows that Boyd did not wear a mask, a hat or any other type of clothing or accessory that would have concealed her face and hair.
Her alleged accomplice, now identified as Hancock, wore a white or gray hooded sweatshirt, with the hood drawn tightly, and camouflage shorts over black pants, police added.
This surveillance photo shows a suspect in the Oct. 11 robbery of a Conowingo convenience store. Investigators have identified him as Edward Lawrence Hancock, 43, of no fixed address, and arrested him on Friday.