Elkon home invasion suspect nabbed after chase
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.