Maryland State Police Beat / Another day and another bad guy barricades himself in Somers Cove; convicted drug dealer Richard Sterling Sr. faces kidnapping, robbery and stabbing charges

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Maryland State Police Beat / Another day and another bad guy barricades himself in Somers Cove; convicted drug dealer Richard Sterling Sr. faces kidnapping, robbery and stabbing charges

Richard Sterling Sr. charged with assault, kidnapping, robbery, and theft after barricading at Crisfield Md. June 14, 2017

CRISFIELD, MD.  Breaking up is hard to do, but for Richard Sterling Sr., it was time to cut his ties to his ex – with a knife, say police.

Police say that on June 14, 2017, the Maryland State Police and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were requested by the Baltimore County Police Department to assist with locating fugitive Richard Sterling Sr., of 40 Herring Way, Crisfield, Md.

 Baltimore County Police detectives advised other police agencies that Sterling was wanted for Kidnapping, Assault 1st and 2nd Degree, Robbery, and Theft that took place on June 13, 2017.

Police say that the incident allegedly occurred earlier that morning where Sterling allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore County and then fled to Crisfield, Md., located on the lower Eastern Shore.

 

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Police say that the incident allegedly occurred earlier that morning where Sterling allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore County and then fled to Crisfield, Md., located on the lower Eastern Shore.

Later, at approximately 6:10 p.m. the Maryland State Police and U.S. Marshals responded to 230 Somers Cove in Crisfield, Somerset County, Maryland where they attempted to take Sterling into custody.  Sterling barricaded himself inside the apartment on the second floor and told investigators that he had a knife and was going to kill himself or anyone who came upstairs. 

Sterling told investigators: ‘…he had a knife and was going to kill himself or anyone who came upstairs.’ 

After several hours of negotiations, Sterling exited his residence holding a fixed blade knife which he refused to drop as requested by law enforcement personnel on scene.

Instead of dropping him in his tracks with real bullets, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was on scene and deployed less lethal tactics which caused Sterling to comply with orders and drop the knife.

Instead of dropping him in his tracks with real bullets, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was on scene and deployed less lethal tactics which caused Sterling to comply with orders and drop the knife.

 At approximately 8:42 pm, on June 15, 2017, police say that Sterling was taken into custody without further incident.  Currently, Sterling is being held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Sterling was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft by Maryland State Trooper Dykes on July 27, 2016. The charges were dropped in Somerset County District Court by Somerset States Attorney Daniel Powell on Oct. 13, 2016.

A Somerset District Court Judge issued a protective order against Sterling in a case of domestic violence on Dec. 17, 2010.

Thirteen counts of various criminal charges including assault, theft, unauthorized removal of property, illegal possession of a handgun, use of a gun in a violent crime, reckless endangerment etc. were filed against Sterling in Wicomico County Circuit Court on Feb. 1, 2011.  With attorney Rene Esteban Bliss Tywang representing him, Sterling entered into a plea deal with the Wicomico States Attorney on Dec. 13, 2012. THE DEAL: Sterling pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with an Agreed Statement of Facts in exchange for a sentence of 13 years, credit for 770 days of time served, be sent to Patuxent Institution for a mental exam and to never contact Eugenia Gunn or her family while incarcerated (shouldn’t have been a problem) or when on parole.  All of the other charges were dropped.

Sterling entered into a plea deal in Somerset County Circuit Court with States Attorney Powell on Dec. 3, 2012, and entered a guilty plea to distribution of drugs.  He was given credit for 699 days of time served and a sentence of three years in prison. He was released on probation on Jan. 22, 2013.

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