Elkon home in­va­sion sus­pect nabbed af­ter chase

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — A man is fac­ing nu­mer­ous charges af­ter he al­legedly par­tic­i­pated in a home in­va­sion in Elk­ton and later led of­fi­cers on a ve­hi­cle chase that ended when the sus­pect crashed his car, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Ra­heem Bran­don San­ders, 27, of the 100 block of Eder Street in Elk­ton.

The in­ci­dent started when a man iden­ti­fied as San­ders, and known by his nick­name “Colby,” pulled up in a black 2006 Cadil­lac while two men — with whom San­ders is ac­quainted — were ar­gu­ing out­side a res­i­dence in the unit block of Hollingsworth Manor, po­lice re­ported. San­ders tried to in­ter­ject him­self into their dis­pute, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Af­ter one of the men told San­ders that he had no rea­son to get in­volved in their ar­gu­ment, San­ders got an­gry and said, “Do you know who I am? I’m Colby,” po­lice said. Then the two men went into the house, prompt­ing San­ders to yell, “Oh, you’re go­ing to get a gun,” po­lice added.

Later, at about 10:45 p.m., the men heard pound­ing on the front door and heard a voice that they rec­og­nized as San­ders’, ac­cord­ing to court records. San­ders re­moved an air con­di­tioner from a win­dow and then he and an uniden­ti­fied man en­tered the home, as the two vic­tims hid and bar­ri­caded them- selves in a bed­room, court records al­lege.

From the bed­room, the two men could hear items be­ing thrown in an­other part of the house, prompt­ing them to call 911 to re­port the in­trud­ers and to ex­press their be­lief that the in­vaders had guns, po­lice said.

Then they heard some­one kick­ing the bed­room door, caus­ing them to fear for their lives, po­lice added.

At that point, ac­cord­ing to court records, one of the men broke the glass out of the bed­room win­dow and they climbed through it to es­cape. As the glass shat­tered, it ap­peared that San­ders and his com­pan­ion fled, court records show.

Be­cause one of the men cut his hand on the bro­ken glass while es­cap­ing, the pair went to the hos­pi­tal, po­lice re­ported.

Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers re­sponded to the call and spot­ted a black Cadil­lac on a nearby Hollingsworth Manor road, ac­cord­ing to court records. The driver, later iden­ti­fied as San­ders, whom the of­fi­cers knew through prior con­tacts with him, ig­nored sev­eral com­mands to step out of the car af­ter the emer­gency lights on the EPD pa­trol ve­hi­cle were ac­ti­vated, court records al­lege.

San­ders then sped away in the Cadil­lac and the of­fi­cers pur­sued him, po­lice said. On Old Elk Neck Road, north of the Jus­tice Way in­ter­sec­tion, near Elk­ton, San­ders lost con­trol of the Cadil­lac and it went off the road, crash­ing into a ditch, po­lice added. San­ders was taken to Union Hos­pi­tal in Elk­ton, where he re­ceived a med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion, po­lice re­ported.

San­ders is fac­ing five crim­i­nal charges, in­clud­ing home in­va­sion, third-de­gree bur­glary and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to court records. He also is charged with 19 traf­fic of­fenses, in­clud­ing at­tempt­ing to elude a po­lice of­fi­cer, reck­less driv­ing, speed­ing, and fail­ing to obey a stop sign, court records show.

On Mon­day night, San­ders re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of bond.

San­ders’ al­leged ac­com­plice had not been ar­rested, as of Mon­day night.

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