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Violent robbery

On Friday March 15 at approximately 9:35 p.m., Michael J. Redmond, 40, of Huntingtown, called 911 and reported that he had just been assaulted and robbed while at Kappatos Way at Hardesty Road in Sunderland. He reported severe bleeding related to the assault. Emergency Medical Services were activated and numerous units from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded. Redmond sustained numerous lacerations to his head and face which required him to be flown out by Maryland State Police's Aviation Division to the University of Maryland's Medical Center Baltimore Shock Trauma.

Initial investigation determined that Redmond was in the area to meet an associate. A series of phone calls had been made to arrange the meeting location and time. Upon pulling into the area and initiating contact with one of the individuals, Redmond was jumped from behind and struck with a pipe or similar metal object. Redmond attempted to fight off his attackers but there were too many. Redmond believed that there were at least three assailants and possibly four. The suspects beat Redmond repeatedly and eventually subdued him. The suspects removed approximately $700 in cash from Redmond and some additional miscellaneous items and fled. Redmond identified and reported to investigators that a silver car and a large blue Dodge pickup were at the scene and both took off immediately after the robbery. He was also able to describe two of his assailants. Redmond also provided investigators with several phone numbers that were directly linked to the robbery.

Investigation developed two suspects, Yuhl Roger Dennison, Jr., 52 and James "Jimmy" Preston Foster, Jr., 33, both of North Beach. Redmond was able to positively identify both subjects as two of the assailants. Arrest warrants were issued and Dennison and Foster were arrested on Tuesday March 26 and each was charged with armed robbery, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, intent to injure with a dangerous weapon and theft less than $1000. Dennison's blue 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was seized. Search warrants were also issued and executed which yielded additional evidence.

This investigation is continuing with additional charges anticipated. Contact Det. Rich of C.I.T. at 410-535-1600, extension 2765 if you have any additional information about this case. You may also provide information anonymously through the Calvert County Crime Solvers Tip Line by calling 410-535-2880 or go to and click on the Crime Solvers link. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.

Man Killed by Retired Police Officer in Home Robbery Attempt

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on March 31, the Calvert Control Center received a phone call from someone at 3630 Harlequin Court in Huntingtown. The caller advised that someone had been shot at this address and requested law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services. A Calvert County Sheriff's Office supervisor was the first on the scene and discovered one person, who appeared to be deceased, on the ground next to the driveway of the residence.

A member of the Calvert Investigative Team (CIT), comprised of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police and Calvert County State's Attorney's Office, was requested to respond.

Investigation revealed that the victim and homeowner, a retired police officer, was in the residence when he heard several loud bangs on his front door. He retrieved a handgun and opened the door and saw two suspects standing there. One of these persons brandished a weapon and both made aggressive movements and statements towards the victim. The victim was in fear for his life and subsequently fired shots at the suspects.

One suspect was struck and succumbed on the scene to his wounds. The second suspect fled in a vehicle.

On April 1, the deceased was positively identified as Kevin Wayne Chapman, a 38-year-old white male of Lusby. Detectives responded to the deceased's residence in the 15000 block of Running Fox Circle and located the vehicle suspected to have been used during the incident. A search and seizure warrant was executed on the residence. April Lynn Stewart, a 39-year-old white female, was located inside of the residence.

After conducting additional investigation, there was evidence to indicate that Stewart was the second suspect involved in the incident. She and Chapman had gone to the residence on Harlequin Court with the intent to commit an armed robbery. Chapman was familiar with the residence because he had previously worked for a service company that had performed work at the residence in the past.

Stewart was arrested and charged with armed robbery. She was being held at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Pedestrian Robbed by 4 Black Males in Car

On Thursday, March 14 at approximately 9:50 p.m., investigators from the C.I.T. responded to Calvert Memorial Hospital for the report of a strong armed robbery that had occurred earlier that same day. Det. H. Rich made contact with the victim, Michael Charles Barkman, 34 of no fixed address, who advised that approximately four hours earlier he was walking south along North Prince Frederick Boulevard when he observed a gold colored 4-door sedan travelling north proceed past him. A short time later he heard a car stop on the shoulder behind him. He looked back to see the same gold sedan with 4 black males exiting the vehicle. All four approached him on foot. The victim further advised that he got into a physical altercation with all four males, two of whom are described as being over 6 feet tall and weighing over 250 pounds. The driver of the vehicle is described as having long dreadlocks. The victim reported minor injuries and had a friend drive him to the emergency room. He stated that the four men made off with his cell phone and $30 to $60 in cash.


On March 19 at 1:27 p.m., the Calvert County 911 Center dispatched a call for a shooting at 4500 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick. Officers from the Calvert Investigative Team were in the area on an unrelated matter and heard the shots. Those officers immediately responded to the shooting call. Upon arrival, officers discovered Raymond William Willard, age 45, and Carl Ray Nerem Sr., age 42, deceased as a result of apparent gunshot wounds. Willard and Nerem are brother-n-laws and reside at the 4500 Hallowing Point Road address.

It is believed that a verbal dispute led to Mr. Willard retrieving a handgun and fatally shooting Mr. Nerem. Mr. Willard then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Sheriff's Deputies had been to this residence only two days ago for an altercation between these same two men, however there was no sign of injury and neither Neman nor Willard wanted to peruse the matter.

First Degree Assault on Deputy by Illegal Immigrant with motor vehicle

On February 3, at approximately 9:48 a.m., Corporal Glen Libby of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office was off duty and traveling south on Maryland Route 4 in St. Leonard in his marked patrol vehicle. As he approached the intersection of Maryland Route 4 and Western Shores Boulevard, he observed three vehicles parked on the shoulder that appeared to have been involved in an accident. Corporal Libby activated his emergency lights and pulled in the behind the vehicles to offer his assistance. At that time, a subject (later identified as 29-year-old Marlon Alexander Arana), attempted to flee the scene of the accident in his red 1996 GEO Prism.

Corporal Libby then pulled back out on Maryland Route 4 to pursue Mr. Arana. Suddenly, Mr. Arana began to make a U-turn in the intersection of Western Shores Boulevard so Corporal Libby stopped his vehicle on Route 4 to prevent passing motorists from striking Mr. Arana's vehicle. Mr. Arana then completed his U-turn and deliberately rammed his vehicle head-on into Corporal Libby's vehicle. Corporal Libby requested assistance and officers of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police began responding to the scene. Mr. Arana's vehicle and Corporal Libby's vehicle were both disabled and Mr. Arana exited his onto South Bound Route 4. Corporal Libby also exited his vehicle and observed Mr. Arana expose his genitals and urinate on the roadway. Corporal Jim Wahlgren arrived on the scene moments later and Mr. Arana refused their commands to remove his hands from his pockets and lay down on the ground. As Corporals Libby and Wahlgren moved closer to Mr. Arana, he turned to flee, however, he was quickly subdued and placed under arrest.

Mr. Arana was treated for his injuries and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he is being held on charges of First and Second Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Indecent Exposure, Reckless Endangerment, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Fleeing and Eluding, and various other traffic offenses. Furthermore, Mr. Arana, could face deportation by I.C.E. Though he possesses a valid Maryland license which lists a Lexington Park address, he is a citizen of Guatemala and an illegal alien.

Corporal Libby was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. He was treated and released.

Corporal Wahlgren assumed the investigation.

Fatal accident

On January 22 at approximately 11:16 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to Lower Marlboro Road and Academy Drive in Owings for the report of a vehicle crash with an ejection. Upon their arrival, they located a 2000 Ford Ranger pick-up truck in the yard of a residence located on Lower Marlboro Road.

Through the on-scene investigation, it was determined the operator of the vehicle, Arian Leigh Howard, 23 of Anne Arundel County, was traveling westbound on Lower Marlboro Road in the area of Academy Drive. As the vehicle entered into the curve, the driver lost control for an unknown reason, and the vehicle crossed the double yellow line from the eastbound lane and went off the roadway and became airborne. The vehicle landed and rolled over several times. During the roll over the passenger of the vehicle, Mark Ellis Grace III, 25 of Owings, was ejected from the vehicle and continued to slide through the yard and came to rest against a tree.

Grace was transported from the scene to Calvert Memorial Hospital and C.P.R. was in progress. Grace was later transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma where he died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Howard was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center.

It is believed alcohol, speed, and driver error are all contributing factors involved with this crash. The crash is being investigated by the Crash Reconstruction Team.

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