Sub shop robbery suspect jailed
A judge has ordered that Christian McFarland Phillips, 35, of Lexington Park remain in jail without bond on charging papers alleging he carried out an armed robbery last month at a restaurant, stealing $211 from the business.
Employees opening the Subway off Route 235 in California on Oct. 19 told police that a man who came inside and began talking to them “had his left hand inside of his pocket of his sweatshirt, to indicate he was in possession of some sort of weapon,” according to a charges application filed Thursday by St. Mary’s sheriff’s detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse. “He eventually reached over the sales counter and removed U.S. currency from the cash register.”
Phillips was arrested Thursday in Lexington Park after a brief struggle with the detective and attempting to run away, according to the court papers also charging him with resisting arrest.
Teenager accused of robbery in thefts of shoes near hotel
Benjamin J. Washington, 18, of Lexington Park remained in jail without bond after a hearing Monday on charging papers alleging he robbed two people who court papers state were trying to sell shoes last month, including one doused possibly with pepper spray.
An initial Oct. 3 investigation followed a Snapchat conversation and a meeting outside the Hampton Inn in Lexington Park, where the shoe seller in that incident reported that his assailant “produced a can of what the victim believed to be pepper spray, and sprayed the victim in the face,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s deputy Brian P. Fennessey.
On Wednesday of last week, a 17-year-old boy, also offering a pair of shoes on Snapchat, told police that he picked up Washington and two other people, court papers state, and drove them to Lancaster Park. Charging papers allege that Washington “began to strike the victim in several locations on the body with a closed fist, while the other two subject[s] also assaulted the victim” and took part in robbing the youth of the shoes, along with his cellphone and his wallet.
A small can of Mace pepper spray was found in Washington’s bookbag after he was arrested Thursday, court papers state, and the sheriff’s office reports that an additional suspect has been developed in the case.
Woman accused of arson threat
Jessica Nicole Spears, 31, of Lexington Park has been charged through a summons with an arson threat and trespassing in court papers alleging the offenses occurred last spring as mourners visited the home of a boyfriend’s mother.
Spears “began to cause a disturbance” on March 28 at Tammy Y. Carey’s home on Pegg Lane, Carey told police, adding that as she walked to Spears’ vehicle and asked her to leave, the suspect yelled, cussed and said “I will burn the ---- — ---— down,” according to a charges application filed last week by Trooper J.R. Rutkoski of the Maryland State Police.
“Ms. Carey confirmed that Ms. Spears was referring to her house, when asked,” the charges application states, noting that Carey’s mother had died a day earlier, and that family and friends were offering condolences at the residence when the confrontation occurred.
Sheriff posts crime news, info on blog
The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office posts news and information on incidents and arrests, including photographs of suspects, online at http://firstsheriff.blogspot.com.
The agency also posts surveillance images and other information on the website.
Two of the three vehicles involved in a Friday evening collision remain at a Great Mills Road intersection following a response by emergency crews including Bay District volunteer firefighters, who reported that a Maryland State Police helicopter crew flew two people from the agency’s hangar at the St. Mary’s airport to a hospital for the treatment of non life-threatening injuries.