What began as a search for a suspect in a hit-and-run death in Anne Arundel County Tuesday morning ended in a high-speed chase and the arrest of four suspects charged with car theft, armed robbery and conspiracy.
Two men and two juveniles were in the custody of Montgomery County police last night, the result of an investigation by Montgomery County into several robberies, Anne Arundel County police said.
Scott Michael Thomas, 19, of no fixed address, has been charged with seven counts of armed robbery, conspiracy and auto theft. Thomas Michael Parkman, 20, of the 15000 block of Esquire Court in Derwood, was charged with four counts of armed robbery and conspiracy.
A 15-year-old from Landover was charged with auto theft, while a 17-year-old from Laurel was charged with four counts of armed robbery, conspiracy and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.
The four may face other charges from Prince George's County police and Anne Arundel County police, said Officer Randy Bell, Anne Arundel County police spokesman.
Anne Arundel County police believe the 17-year-old was driving a stolen car that hit Robert L. Hanesworth III as he rode his motorcycle on Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway early Tuesday. Mr. Hanesworth, 46, died in the accident. The 17-year-old faces charges in the hit-and-run death.
Montgomery County police, assisted by Anne Arundel County police, arrested the juvenile and Mr. Parkman around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a room at the Knights Inn in the 3300 block of Laurel-Fort Meade Road in Maryland City.
Montgomery County police said Mr. Thomas told them the pair were at the motel. Mr. Thomas was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, after he and the 15-year-old allegedly led officers on a chase from Good Hope Road in Wheaton to New Hampshire Avenue. They were caught in a gold Acura that Anne Arundel County police believe was stolen. Police also allege that the 17-year-old fled the scene of the hit-and-run accident Tuesday morning in the Acura.
Police said two cars, including the gold Acura, were racing when one of the cars went out of control, crossed the median and hit Mr. Hanesworth.
Officer Christopher Connor spotted the gold Acura around noon Tuesday. He chased the car until its driver rammed him at Evans Lane and Powder Mill Road near Beltsville. Prince George's County police then picked up the pursuit, but lost the suspect after he drove into a guardrail and fled into some nearby woods.
Police believe that soon after eluding police, the driver of the gold Acura broke into a house in the 3000 block of Powder Mill Road and tied up the owner with an electric cord. The owner later told police the suspect threatened him with his souvenir sword, then stole the sword, $15, a pair of white tennis shoes and his white Honda Civic, Prince George's County police said.
Police recovered the sword after arresting Mr. Parkman and the 17-year-old, said Officer Bell. Police also found the Honda Civic on the parking lot of a Popeye's restaurant across from the motel.
Montgomery County police said the alleged string of crimes began when three men robbed four people at gunpoint in Silver Spring on May 6. Five days later, two of the suspects allegedly robbed a victim in Burtonsville and committed two other robberies the same day, Montgomery County police said.