Man beaten, robbed, left naked on side of road
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.