BCI Makes Quick Arrests in Home Invasion, Armed Robbery


LEONARDTOWN, Md. - The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) today announced arrests in a case of home invasion and a case of armed robbery that we reported on yesterday.

It was initially reported that at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, a white male forced entry into an occupied residence on Friendship School Road in Loveville. Once inside the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from one of the occupants. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Further investigation by detectives from BCI determined that Joseph Kane Frank of Mechanicsville broke into the residence of an eighty-five year-old man, who resided with his wife and daughter. Frank produced a pellet gun, which appeared to the victims to be a semi-automatic handgun. Frank ordered the victims to give him money. After receiving the money, Frank fled on foot. Police ultimately determined that Frank was armed with a Daisy BB gun and a large kitchen knife during the robbery.

Frank was apprehended by police later in the day, Tuesday. Frank was taken to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Armed Robbery, Burglary in the First Degree, and Theft under $100.00. He is currently being held on a $100,000.00 bond.

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Shortly before midnight on Monday, Jan. 15, a female victim was walking in the area of Hilton Drive, Lexington Park when she was approached by four black males. One suspect placed a gun to her head and took her purse. The suspects fled the area after getting into a nearby vehicle.

Based on the investigation by detectives from BCI, the following were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery: John Benedict Banks Jr., black male, 19 years-old, from Hollywood; Phillip Curtis Gough, black male, 19 years-old, from Great Mills; Elvis Tyrell Frederick black male, 21 years-old, from Loveville. An arrest warrant for robbery was also issued for Jarrell Rahiem Johnson, black male, 19 years-old from Lexington Park.

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