Maryland State Police say they have arrested the suspect, shown… (Maryland State Police,…)
Within 24 hours of the release of a surveillance photograph, the man wanted in connection with five recent armed robberies in Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties was arrested in Cecil County.
Michael R. Malpass, whose age in court records is 26, was arrested without incident after a 2008 Chevrolet Impala he was driving was stopped by state police on Route 40 in Perryville around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police JFK Barrack in Perryville. Police had released his picture Wednesday evening.
Malpass, of the 1500 block of Old Philadelphia Road in Charlestown in Cecil County, a location just three miles from the Perryville Royal Farms he is suspected of robbing Nov. 13, was taken into custody and held at the JFK Barrack awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court commissioner to face charges of armed robbery, assault and theft, according to state police, who said charges from other jurisdictions are pending.
Friday afternoon, however, Malpass appeared in Harford County District Court in Bel Air, where Judge Mimi Cooper revised his initial $150,000 bail and ordered him held without bail.
"I find you to be an incredible danger to the community and a very high risk of flight," Cooper told Malpass.
A warrant was filed in Harford County District Court Thursday charging Malpass with robbery, armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft less than $1,000 and use of a firearm in a violent crime, according to state electronic court records. All six charges stem from the Nov. 9 robbery at the Maryland House's Exxon gas station.
Shortly after Malpass' arrest Thursday, state police said, a warrant was executed at residence in Charlestown where "evidence recovered by investigators linked Malpass to the string of robberies," according to the state police news release, which noted the Chevrolet Impala "was identified as the getaway vehicle in the reported robberies."
In cooperation with the local police agencies in Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties, state police released a security camera photograph Wednesday evening of a man they said was wanted in connection with five armed robberies in those counties.
In addition the Maryland House robbery around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, police said they believe the same man was connected to robberies at a Shell gas station on Middleton Road in Aberdeen on Nov. 11, a Royal Farms store on Route 40 in Perryville on Nov. 13, a 7-Eleven store on Belair Road in Overlea on Nov. 14 and a Rite Aid drug store on Route 40 in Havre de Grace on Nov. 15. As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed in any of the other cases.
In the news release announcing the arrest, state police credited dissemination of the photograph on websites, in newspapers and on television with helping them identify the suspect after they received numerous tips from concerned citizens.
According to electronic court records, in February 2006 Malpass pleaded guilty in Cecil County to third-degree burglary from a June 2005 incident and was sentenced to serve two years at the Cecil County Detention Center, followed by five years probation.
In October 2010, Malpass was arraigned in Cecil County on a violation of probation charge that is pending, according to court records. The last docket entry in that case is a failure to appear for a hearing on May 6.
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