LEONARDTOWN, MD. — In the latest in a string of armed robberies in St. Mary’s County police report that they captured a suspect and jailed him on charges of armed robbery.
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that 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. The suspect was talking to a co-conspirator on a cellphone before fleeing on foot toward a wood line on Maypole Road in Leonardtown.
According to police, witnesses who were near CVS at the time of the robbery described a vehicle they had seen in the area during the time of the robbery. Patrol Officers located a vehicle matching the description in the area of Three Notch (Rt. 235) and Jones Wharf Road in Hollywood. Contact was made with the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle.
The driver, Trevone Demone Butler, 25, of 21868 Ronald Drive, Lexington Park, was arrested by Deputy Rozier Steinbeck and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. During an interview with detectives, Butler acknowledged he provided transportation to the black male suspect and communicated with him during the robbery. Butler was charged with Armed Robbery and Driving on a Suspended License.
Butler was indicted and convicted on assault charges on Oct. 27, 2014, making one year since his last commission of a crime. He was sentenced in a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz to 18 months in jail. The jail sentenced was suspended by one year, five months and three days, leaving him to serve twenty-seven days in jail. Gerald J. Riviello, a taxpayer-provided attorney, represented Butler.
Butler’s criminal record is primarily made of low-level crimes and traffic offenses. This new deal of being a getaway driver in a robbery puts him on the path to prison and puts his family’s home in peril. His family posted their home on Kavanagh Road as a bond to spring him from the clink. If Butler flees, his folks lose their home.