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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.

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