Trooper hit by truck while chasing robbery suspect
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.