Se­cond sus­pect cap­tured in rob­bery

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCSO

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.

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