Three ar­rested, trooper hurt in rob­bery chase

Trio charged with rob­bing Eas­ton AT&T store

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— Eas­ton po­lice on Fri­day, Sept. 29, ar­rested two Wash­ing­ton, D.C., men and one Capi­tol Heights man after they al­legedly robbed the AT&T store in Eas­ton and led po­lice on a chase into the Queen Anne area.

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 after a rob­bery 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

Dur­ing the po­lice search, a state trooper — 1st Sgt. John Beville — was in­jured when he was hit by a pickup truck, ac­cord­ing to a sep­a­rate news re­lease.

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 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 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 sec­ond-de­gree 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.

Dur­ing the po­lice search, a state trooper — 1st Sgt. John Beville — was in­jured when he was hit by a pickup truck, ac­cord­ing to a sep­a­rate news re­lease.

Po­lice said Beville, a 14-year-veteran of the Mary­land State Po­lice as­signed to the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sion, was flown by MSP he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more, where he is be­ing treated for non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries.

The driver of the pickup was iden­ti­fied as Ran­dall Cox, 62, of Glen Burnie. He was not in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, Fri­day af­ter­noon and evening, po­lice in the area of Talbot and Queen Anne’s coun­ties were on the look­out for four men wanted in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery in Eas­ton. At this point, po­lice had ap­pre­hended two men and two re­mained at large.

Shortly after 7 p.m., state po­lice at the Cen­tre­ville Bar­racks re­ceived a 911 call re­port­ing an at­tempted break-in at a home in the area of state Route 404 near Route 309. Po­lice said troop­ers — in­clud­ing Beville, who was driv­ing west on Route 404 — con­verged on the area.

Just west of Route 309, po­lice said, Beville saw a man on the shoul­der of Route 404, run­ning east to­ward Route 309. Po­lice said Beville got out of his car and ran across the road, shout­ing com­mands to the man, who was sur­ren­der­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Beville was still in the road when the pas­sen­ger side of a 2012 Nis­san pickup truck hit him as it went by, po­lice said.

Other troop­ers on the scene took the sus­pect into cus­tody, while the driver of the truck — Ran­dall Cox — stopped im­me­di­ately and re­mained on the scene, po­lice said.

No charges are ex­pected to be filed against the driver, po­lice said.

PHOTO BY JOSH BOLLINGER

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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