Lothian man enters plea for robbery of gas station
An Anne Arundel County man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery for an April incident in which he robbed the BP gas station in Dunkirk with a BB gun customized to look like an actual firearm.
Tymone Dashawn Davis, 19, of Lothian was indicted on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault, theft valued less than $1,000 and malicious destruction of property valued less than $1,000, according to online court records. His three codefendants were remanded to the juvenile court.
On April 25, the Calvert County Control Center broadcasted the report of a robbery in progress at the BP gas station in Dunkirk. The report stated there were multiple suspects covering their faces with masks, one of whom displayed a handgun, the charging documents state.
Det. Megan Quinn and Cpl. Richard Wilson were the first officers on scene, at which time they spoke with the store clerk, Rajesh Baniya, in the parking lot. According to the police report, Baniya detailed what occurred during the robbery before providing access to the surveillance video. Located on the steps of the business near the front glass doors was an empty magazine resembling that of an Airsoft gun.
The surveillance video showed four people running toward the BP gas station with masks covering their faces and hoods over their heads. Davis — the first to enter the business — pointed a handgun at Baniya, demanding money from the cash register. He grabbed money from the drawer and placed it into a black Adidas duffle bag that one of the other teenagers was holding, the documents state. The other two juveniles were reportedly gathering alcoholic beverages and other miscellaneous items from around the store.
While all four suspects were away from the door, Baniya locked the door remotely from under the counter, preventing the teens from leaving. After unsuccessfully finding another escape route, the teens allegedly began kicking, hitting and throwing liquor bottles at the door. According to the report, they were eventually able to flee the store and ran toward the same direction from which they came.
The teens allegedly made off with between $400 and $500 from the cash drawer and five bottles of Smirnoff Vodka. One Smirnoff Vodka bottle was broken during the attempt to flee the premises, and three additional alcoholic beverages were unsuccessfully stolen. The total value of the stolen property was $600 while the value of destroyed property was $15.49, the documents detail.
The sheriff’s office distributed a press release and photos of the suspects to the public, yielding an “overwhelming response.” Several people contacted authorities, anony- mously identifying one of the juveniles, according to court records. Authorities reportedly saw a photograph on the juvenile’s Instagram account where she was wearing the same sweatshirt and shoes as the suspect in the surveillance video.
According to court documents, while attempting to locate her codefendants, Quinn was informed about an April 28 incident in which the three juveniles were reportedly identified as suspects in the destruction of property to a disabled vehicle near the Calvert County border in Anne Arundel County.
Authorities responded to one of the juvenile’s residence, at which time his parents identified him as one of the suspects from the surveillance photographs. His parents subsequently gave consent for officers to search his bedroom where the shoes from the robbery were found, along with bags that were in a similar style as the Adidas duffle bag. The bag from the robbery was not found at this time, police documents detail.
Davis and the two male juveniles were detained in Lothian and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center May 13. Each suspect gave a detailed statement on the robbery and identified the others as codefendants. Davis said he came up with the plan to rob the BP gas station at the young woman’s house, according to court records. Davis admitted removing the orange tip from the BB gun to make it look real.
At his Oct. 24 pre-trial conference, Davis entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Although his sentence guidelines are a year to six years, the plea agreement caps active time at 18 months. Davis is set to be sentenced Dec. 15.
The total restitution is $1,000, requiring Davis to pay $250. He will be on five years of supervised probation upon his release and will be granted a probation before judgement after three years if there are no violations.