Trooper hit by truck while chas­ing rob­bery sus­pect

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QUEEN ANNE — A Mary­land state trooper was in­jured Fri­day night, Sept. 29, when he was struck by a ve­hi­cle while on foot as­sist­ing with the ar­rest of an armed rob­bery sus­pect in Queen Anne.

The trooper, iden­ti­fied as First Sergeant John Beville, a 14-year-vet­eran of the Mary­land State Po­lice as­signed to the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Divi­sion, was flown by Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter, where he was treated for non-life threat­en­ing in­juries. He was re­leased later Fri­day night and is do­ing well, fam­ily mem­bers re­ported.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle in­volved is iden­ti­fied as Ran­dall Cox, 62, of Glen Burnie. He was not in­jured. The pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion from the Mary­land State Po­lice in­di­cates no charges are ex­pected to be filed.

Dur­ing the af­ter­noon and evening of Sept. 29, po­lice in the area of Tal­bot and Queen Anne’s coun­ties were on the look­out for sev­eral sus­pects wanted in con­nec­tion with an armed rob­bery of the AT&T store that oc­curred shortly be­fore 2 p.m. Fri­day in Eas­ton.

Shortly af­ter 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, Mary­land State Po­lice at the Cen­tre­ville Bar­racks re­ceived a 911 call re­gard­ing an at­tempted break-in oc­cur­ring at a home in the area of Rt. 404 near Rt. 309. Troop­ers con­verged on the area, in­clud­ing F/Sgt. Beville, who was driv­ing west on Rt. 404.

Just west of Rt. 309, Beville ob­served the sus­pect on the shoul­der of Rt. 404 run­ning east, to­ward Rt. 309. Beville ex­ited his pa­trol ve­hi­cle and ran across Rt. 404 west, the me­dian and onto Rt. 404 east. Ac­cord­ing to MSP, Beville was shout­ing com­mands to the sus­pect, who was in the act of sur­ren­der­ing on the shoul­der of Rt. 404.

The pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates Beville was still in the road­way of Rt. 404 east when the pas­sen­ger side of a 2012 Nis­san pickup driven by Cox struck him as it went by. The driver, who ap­par­ently did not see the trooper, im­me­di­ately stopped and re­mained on the scene. The rob­bery sus­pect was taken into cus­tody by other troop­ers on the scene.

Earl Robin­son, 25, and Wade C. Sim­mons, 25, both of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Shaborn U. Ryals, 26, of Capi­tol Heights each were charged with rob­bery, theft $1,000 to $10,000 and con­spir­acy to com­mit theft $1,000 to $10,000. Ryals also was charged with sec­ond-de­gree as­sault.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, Eas­ton po­lice of­fi­cers were dis­patched to the AT&T store, at 28614 Marl­boro Ave., at 1:41 p.m. Fri­day af­ter­noon for a rob­bery that had been re­ported there. Of­fi­cers were told the sus­pect ve­hi­cle was a tan car with Wash­ing­ton, D.C., reg­is­tra­tion.

As the of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing, po­lice said, one saw the sus­pect ve­hi­cle stopped at the traf­fic light on state Route 322 at U.S. Route 50. When the light turned green, the car drove west on Route 50, and the of­fi­cer ac­ti­vated emer­gency lights to try to stop it.

Po­lice said the tan car fled, and the pur­suit be­gan.

Deputies from the Tal­bot County Sher­iff’s Of­fice joined the pur­suit, and the tan car turned onto state Route 309 as a Mary­land State Po­lice trooper de­ployed stop sticks, po­lice said. The car was able to miss the stop sticks and con­tinue east on Route 309, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the driver lost con­trol as the car turned onto Old Queen Anne High­way, and it crashed in a field.

Po­lice said the three men in the car then jumped out and fled into the field, with Eas­ton po­lice of­fi­cers, sher­iff’s deputies and state troop­ers giv­ing chase.

The men were able to es­cape into the field, po­lice said.

Eas­ton po­lice — work­ing with the Tal­bot sher­iff’s of­fice, state po­lice aviation and K-9 units, troop­ers from the Eas­ton and Cen­tre­ville bar­racks, the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice — cre­ated a perime­ter.

Due largely to the K-9 teams from the Caro­line sher­iff’s of­fice, state po­lice, Eas­ton po­lice and Tal­bot sher­iff’s of­fice, of­fi­cers found Simms and Ryals at about 4:30 p.m. hid­ing in an over­grown field, po­lice said.

The K-9 units con­tin­ued the search and found Robin­son at about 7:15 p.m. in a field in the same gen­eral vicin­ity, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the three men had stolen Ap­ple iPhone 8s, tablets and other cell­phones from the AT&T store. Po­lice said em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers saw the theft, and one cus­tomer ap­proached them. One of the rob­bers said to stop chas­ing them or they will shoot as he grabbed his waist­band like he was reach­ing for a weapon, po­lice said. Ev­ery­one in the store backed off, and the men fled, po­lice said.

Af­ter the ap­pre­hen­sion, po­lice said, it was learned Ryals is wanted through the Prince Ge­orge’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for fail­ing to ap­pear in court on a charge of sec­ond­de­gree es­cape and through the state of Vir­ginia for vi­o­la­tion of pro­ba­tion.

The three men were taken be­fore a Tal­bot County District Court com­mis­sioner, where Simms and Ryals were or­dered to be held with­out bond at the Tal­bot County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and Robin­son was held on tem­po­rary com­mit­tal.

Also dur­ing the search, an un­marked po­lice SUV caught fire and burned in a field. The Queen Anne-Hill­boro Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment re­sponded. No in­juries were re­ported. The fire de­part­ment also re­sponded to a trac­tor fire in a nearby field a short time later.


Three men were ar­rested Fri­day, Sept. 29, af­ter a re­ported rob­bery of the AT&T store in Eas­ton and a po­lice chase into the Queen Anne area.

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