Two Men Indicted for Armed Robbery of 5 Stores in St. Mary's Co. - Southern Maryland Headline News

Two Men Indicted for Armed Robbery of 5 Stores in St. Mary's Co.

Allegedly Went on a Nine Day Robbery Spree


Quantaz Lamar Shields, age 28, of Leonardtown, Maryland; and Trevone Damone Butler, age 25, of Lexington Park. Quantaz Lamar Shields, age 28, of Leonardtown, Maryland; and Trevone Damone Butler, age 25, of Lexington Park.

GREENBELT, Md. (March 24, 2016)—A federal grand jury indicted Quantaz Lamar Shields, age 28, of Leonardtown, Maryland; and Trevone Damone Butler, age 25, of Lexington Park, Maryland, on charges that they conspired to rob businesses in St. Mary's County. The indictment was returned on March 21, 2016 and unsealed today after Butler's arrest. Shields is in custody on other charges.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and St. Mary's County State's Attorney Richard Fritz.

According to the 10 count indictment, on five occasions from October 20 to 28, 2015, Shields brandished a firearm and demanded money from employees of a liquor store, motel, pizza store, convenience store and pharmacy in Lexington Park and Leonardtown. Shields took store proceeds, tip money and cigarettes. Prior to leaving the pizza store and pharmacy, Shields phoned Butler so that Butler could pick him up from the scene of the robberies.

A detention hearing was held this morning for Butler before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jillyn K. Schulze in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Butler was detained pending trial. An initial appearance is scheduled for Shields on May 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Shields and Butler face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the robbery conspiracy and on each count of robbery. Shields also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in prison for the first count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery, consecutive to any term of imprisonment for the robberies, a consecutive mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for each additional count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery, and 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and St. Mary's County State's Attorney's Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Kelly O'Connell Hayes and Leah Jo Bressack, who are prosecuting the case.

Related press releases from the sheriff's office

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Second Suspect Arrested in CVS Armed Robbery

On October 28, 2015, at 10:02 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the CVS located at 26020 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, for the report of an armed robbery. A black male suspect entered the business armed with a handgun and demanded cash and other items from the victim, an employee of CVS.

Witness information led to the quick location and arrest of one suspect in the armed robbery, Trevone Demone Butler, age 25, of Lexington Park. Detectives determined Butler was the driver of the vehicle used to facilitate the robbery. However, the identity of the second suspect who had entered the CVS remained under investigation by Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID).

On November 4, 2015, CID Detectives, assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team (EST), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence in Leonardtown MD. Quantaz Lamar Shields, age 28, of Prince George's County, was located inside the residence and subsequently placed under arrest. Detective’s search of the residence resulted in the recovery of evidence from the CVS robbery.

Shields was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with:

• Armed Robbery

• Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

• Theft $1,000 to less than $10,000

• Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime

• Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Person

The investigation into this and similar armed robberies continues by detectives and the FBI.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Trevone Damone Butler aka “Tre” (Age 25 of Lexington Park) was identified as a distributor of cocaine. Several undercover purchases of cocaine were made which led to subsequent indictments for “Distribution of Cocaine”. Suspect Butler was out on bail for numerous armed robberies he was charged with recently. He was arrested and is currently being housed in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center under a “No Bond” status.

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