Detectives Investigating Possible Link to Additional Cases
LA PLATA, Md. (April 26, 2011) Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said outstanding patrol work combined with sharp investigative skills led to the apprehension of four suspects wanted in connection with several citizen robberies that recently occurred in the La Plata and Waldorf areas. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division have linked the suspects to a total of four robberies and are looking into the possibility the suspects are responsible for other crimes throughout the region.
"Our officers and detectives did an excellent job tracking these guys down. They worked non-stop over the Easter holiday weekend to put these cases together for prosecution. But we still have work to do and we're not going to stop until we identify each and every suspect," said Sheriff Coffey.
Detectives say the apprehension of the suspects was the result of quick police work following the April 24 robbery of a man at the Sunoco gas station located at 2030 Crain Highway in Waldorf. At about 5:21 a.m., the suspects - two who were masked and one who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt- approached the victim, displayed a handgun and ordered him to the ground. They stole his wallet and watch and then went to his truck and took his cell phone and a set of keys. They fled on foot and the victim notified police.
Officers responded to the scene and subsequently tracked the suspects to the Smallwood Village Shopping Center where they observed a red, Toyota Camry near an ATM in the parking lot. As officers moved in, the occupants fled. Officers pursued two suspects on foot and eventually found the pair hiding behind an air conditioning unit on October Place. Officers also found a discarded sweatshirt and a face mask. The suspects, Richard Riddoil Briscoe Jr., 19, of Waldorf, and Antonio Malachi Bryant, 19, of La Plata were arrested.
The Camry was traced to a La Plata resident. Officers responded to the owner's address where they spotted the car and a group of males standing around it. After investigating further, officers linked the car's operator, Charles Irvin Hudson Jr., 19, of Indian Head, and Joshua Quenard Hudson, 26, of La Plata, to the robbery.
Further investigation revealed the suspects were involved in at least three other robberies that occurred the previous night: at 9:07 p.m. in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue in La Plata during which they robbed a 24-year-old man of his wallet; at about 9:33 p.m. on Garner Avenue in Waldorf in which they took money from a 46-year-old man; and another at 10:45 p.m. on Falcon Place in Waldorf in which they stole clothing, money and a cell phone from three victims in their twenties.
Detectives are following up additional leads and are asking anyone with information to contact Sgt. Miner at (301) 609-6481. Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment of a suspect. Tipsters may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.
Source: Charles County Sheriff's Office