Loth­ian man en­ters plea for rob­bery of gas sta­tion

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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.

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