The Blizzard Bandits Strike Motel; Sheriff Tracks Footprints of Armed Robbers
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. — Maybe they can start a singing group in prison and call themselves ‘The Four Flakes’.
Instead of going out in the town and shoveling walks during the blizzard to make money; four alleged armed robbers decided that the best work for home-boys was no work at all. According to St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron, who actually helped corral the gunmen who held up the old Days Inn motel, the four bozos, who all live within walking distance of the motel and other scenes of recent armed robberies, were charged with crimes that should install them behind bars for a significant number of years.
The snow bandits apparently weren’t bright enough to figure out that they and the cops were the only ones moving during the snowstorm and all it took to catch them was to follow their footprints in the snow.
The reason the crime rate drops dramatically in a snowstorm is that criminals generally stay indoors during bad weather, taking the advice of officials who plead in the media for folks to stay off the roads. The Blizzard Bandits will be spending a lot of time indoors in future years.
On January 23, 2016, at approximately 2:14 P.M., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, located at 21847 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park.
The victim, a female employee, advised deputies that two male suspects entered the business wearing dark winter jackets. One of the suspects produced a large black handgun, which he pointed at the victim before demanding money. The victim provided the suspects with an undisclosed amount of currency before both suspects fled the business on foot.
Additional investigation and review of video surveillance by deputies revealed two additional suspects had also been involved in the robbery.
Surveillance revealed all four of the men arrived, departed, and collaborated during the robbery.
A lookout was broadcast for the suspects and deputies began canvassing the area. Foot traffic was almost nonexistent due the blizzard conditions affecting the area at the time.
While assisting deputies with the search, Sheriff Timothy Cameron located four males in the area matching the suspect descriptions. Subsequently, the suspects fled on foot.
After a brief pursuit, all four were quickly located and detained by deputies and troopers from the Maryland State Police and the Lexington Park COPs Unit without incident. The suspects were identified as Antwan Tyler, 18, of 46435 Munley Lane, Lexington Park, Md.; Nicholas Williams, 18, of 46517 Rosewood Drive, Lexington Park, Md.; Daniel Roper, 19, also a resident of 46517 Rosewood Drive in Lexington Park, Md.; and Michael Harrod, 17, of 18520 Premery Drive in Lexington Park, Md.
Detectives and Crime Lab Technicians from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) arrived on scene and assumed the investigation.
Distinctive features on all of the suspects clothing were matched to video surveillance and additional evidence was recovered from the suspects. Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputies also located evidence discarded by the suspects as they fled. After consultation with the States Attorney’s Office, all four suspects were arrested and charged as adults with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Assault 1st Degree, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Theft Less than $1,000.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200, ext. *8125 or by email at Cory.Ellis@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
Multiple charges of assault were placed against Tyler on Jan. 18, 2014 by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy Kirkner. All of the charges were dropped by St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on March 11, 2014.
The multiple charges of armed robbery, according to court records, mark the start of a long and illustrious crime career for Williams.
Roper was charged with assault in the second degree by St. Mary’s Deputy David Potter on Oct. 24, 2014 which resulted in a plea deal with States Attorney Fritz who placed the charge on the Stet Docket on March 19, 2015.