Man beaten, robbed, left naked on side of road

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CH­ESTER — A Hen­der­son man was robbed, beaten and left on the side of the road wear­ing only his socks early Mon­day, May 23, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Quwan I. Johns, 23, told po­lice he had just got­ten off work and was eat­ing at the McDon­ald’s in Ch­ester Plaza about 11 p.m. Sun­day when he got a call from an ac­quain­tance known as “Ring Bell” ask­ing if he knew where he could buy some mar­i­juana. When Johns said he did, ”Ring Bell” made ar­range­ments to come get him, po­lice said. About 20 min­utes later, he was picked up by three men in a blue gray, four-door Honda, po­lice said.

They drove to Md. Route 304 (Ruths­burg Road) and pulled over, Johns told po­lice. One of the men dis­played a hand­gun, pulled him from the car and be­gan to beat him with the gun, threat­en­ing to kill him, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

“He was badly beaten. He was pis­tol-whipped,” said Lt. Dale Pa­trick, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the sher­iff’s of­fice. “He was hit re­peat­edly in the face with a pis­tol.”

The men forced Johns to strip off all his clothes ex­cept his socks, took all of his things and left him along­side the road, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. The items taken in­cluded Johns’ work clothes and shoes from McDon­ald’s, a Black­berry phone and his wal­let with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, bank cards and $10 cash, po­lice said.

Johns was able to make his way, bloody and naked, to a nearby house in the area of Jar­man Branch Road out­side of Centreville. For­tu­nately, the res­i­dents were nice peo­ple who gave him clothes to wear and called 911, Pa­trick said. Deputies from the sher­iff’s of­fice re­sponded and found Johns in­jured. He was taken to the Queen Anne’s Emer­gency Cen­ter for treat­ment, and po­lice in­ter­viewed him there.

Johns was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal later Mon­day, po­lice said.

All the sus­pects were African Amer­i­can men, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The driver is de­scribed as light-skinned with a pony­tail. The front seat pas­sen­ger, called “Bones,” is de­scribed as heavy set and dark­skinned; he had the hand­gun, po­lice said.

Three sus­pects have been iden­ti­fied as well as the owner of the sus­pect ve­hi­cle, but no names will be re­leased un­til charges are filed, Pa­trick said.

Some of the Johns’ be­long­ings were re­cov­ered near Bridgetown in Caro­line County.

A search and seizure war­rant was ex­e­cuted Mon­day evening at the res­i­dence of one of the sus­pects on 4th Street in Den­ton.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also re­vealed that one of the sus­pects may have been to the vic­tim’s res­i­dence ear­lier Mon­day look­ing for a fam­ily mem­ber, Pa­trick said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains ac­tive and on­go­ing. Dfc. Chris Ahearn, Dep. Jeff Lewis and Det. Ja­son Rickard are work­ing the case for the sher­iff’s of­fice with as­sis­tance from the Den­ton Po­lice Depart­ment and Caro­line County Drug Task Force.

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