Rob­bery re­ported at Court Yard Inn

Record Observer - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER­TOWN — A Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s deputy was in­jured and four peo­ple ar­rested in the af­ter­math of the re­ported armed rob­bery of a cou­ple at the Court Yard Inn on Md. Route 213 in Kingstown early Tues­day, July 26.

Po­lice re­sponded to a 911 call from Bernard L. Rid­dick and Linda C. Green at 12:30 a.m. re­port­ing they had been robbed by three African Amer­i­can men bran­dish­ing a gun and knives. The cou­ple told po­lice the rob­bers took pre­scrip­tion pain med­i­ca­tion and a cell phone and fled in a white Volk­swa­gen pas­sen­ger car.

The sher­iff’s of­fice put out an at­tempt to lo­cate broad­cast, said Lt. Dale Patrick, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the sher­iff’s of­fice. A short time later, a Queen Anne’s deputy saw a white Volk­swa­gen headed south on Route 301 north of Centreville. He re­quested backup and pre­pared to stop the car, po­lice said.

Since there was a pos­si­bil­ity of a gun in the car, po­lice stopped traf­fic in the op­po­site lane for cit­i­zen safety, Patrick said.

Hav­ing heard the broad­cast about the armed rob­bery, troop­ers from the Mary­land State Po­lice Centreville Bar­racks also re­sponded to as­sist deputies.

Tfc. Kyle Mor­ri­son, a five-year vet­eran, was in a marked 2015 Ford Ex­plorer pa­trol ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing an­other trooper north on Route 301, south of Route 305, Patrick said. Both troop­ers had their emer­gency lights and sirens ac­ti­vated.

In prepa­ra­tion for mak­ing a felony stop of the sus­pects, deputies be­gan to shut down north­bound Route 301 traf­fic prior to where they planned to make the stop. Deputies were out of their cars and on foot.

Mor­ri­son and the other trooper came upon the deputies clos­ing the high­way. Both troop­ers braked sud­denly and, due to the wet road­way, Mor­ri­son swerved into the me­dian to avoid strik­ing the pa­trol car in front of him, po­lice said.

Deputy Stephen Crea­son ap­pears to have seen the ap­proach­ing pa­trol cars and moved into the me­dian to get out of the way, po­lice said. Mor­ri­son struck Crea­son with the right front cor­ner bumper and fender of his pa­trol ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

Crea­son was flown by a Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more for treat­ment of a bro­ken leg and other non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

Around lunchtime Ti­ues­day, Crea­son was out of surgery, which went well, Patrick said. He re­mains at the trauma cen­ter.

The oc­cu­pants in the Volk­swa­gen, three AfricanAmer­i­can males and a white fe­male were ar­rested and the ve­hi­cle im­pounded, po­lice said. De­tec­tives re­sponded and in­ter­viewed the sus­pects and vic­tims in the case.

Jalen Lynell Whyte, 20, of Gra­sonville has been charged with armed rob­bery, theft un­der $100, first-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery and con­spir­acy of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance.

De­vanon Ar­net Wil­son Jr., 21, of Ch­ester has been charged with armed rob­bery, theft un­der $100, first­de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery and con­spir­acy of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute CDS.

Ty Lamar Black­well, 22, of Eas­ton has been charged with armed rob­bery, theft un­der $100, first-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery and con­spir­acy of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute CDS.

Sab­rina Lynn Pu­lanco, 20, of Gra­sonville has been charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit armed rob­bery, theft un­der $100, as­sault and con­spir­acy of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute CDS.

Sev­eral knives were re­cov­ered from the Volk­swa­gen, but no gun was found, po­lice said.

The Sher­iff’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit is han­dling the rob­bery in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Troop­ers from the MSP Centreville Bar­racks and the State Po­lice Crash Team in­ves­ti­gated the crash, as­sisted by deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sher- iff’s Of­fice.

PHO­TOS BY DALE PATRICK

Det. Chase Ar­m­ing­ton with the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and two mem­bers of the Mary­land State Po­lice Dive Team search the pool at the Court Yard Inn for the gun al­legedly used in the rob­bery.

Cpl. Troy Low­ery and Sgt. Sonny Jones search the car of sus­pects in the Tues­day morn­ing rob­bery at Court Yard Inn.

JALEN LYNELL WHYTE

SAB­RINA LYNN PU­LANCO

DE­VANON AR­NET WIL­SON JR.

TY LAMAR BLACKELL

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