Kevin Jerome Chase Shot at Liquor Store across from Church of the Ascension on Sunday Afternoon
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. — St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron has seen a spike in street crime in Lexington Park with armed robberies taking place in broad daylight.
Now, on a Sunday across the street from the Episcopal Church of the Ascension on the first Sunday of Advent, an active day for churches beginning the holy season, a drug dealer was shot in the middle of the afternoon.
On December 6, 2015, at approximately 3:02 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Canopy Liquors in Lexington Park, about a subject reporting they had been shot.
Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Kevin Jerome Chase, age 45, of 21262 Joe Baker Village, Lexington Park, Md., outside of Canopy Liquors displaying a gunshot wound to the upper body. The subject was transported to Washington Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has assumed the investigation.
Charges against Chase placed by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Cole for possession of an open container of alcohol were dropped on Sept. 24, 2015, by St. Mary’s County States Attorney Richard Fritz.
The Sheriff’s Department operates a Hooker and Hobo Patrol in Lexington Park to sweep the streets of bums and prostitutes with Canopy Liquors a hot spot of winos hanging out.
On July 3, 2015, Chase was charged by Deputy Jean Vezzosi with theft of a credit card and the charges were dropped by Fritz on Sept. 24, 2015.
On June 23, 2015, Chase was charged by Maryland State Trooper Jackson with theft and on Aug. 27, 2015, the charges were dropped by Fritz.
On August 8, 2014, Deputy Al Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed suspect Francis Stefan Miles, 50, of Lexington Park, consuming an alcoholic beverage in the parking lot adjacent to Canopy Liquors on Great Mills Road. Miles was charged with the violation by Criminal Citation.
On Aug. 27, 2014, Chase was charged with drinking in a public place by Dep. Alvin Beishline and in District Court on July 30, 2015, he was found guilty and fined $42.50 and was represented by taxpayer provided attorney Ryan Posey.
On May 5, 2013, Chase was charged with burglary by Dep. Trevor Teague. According to court records, Fritz dropped the charge on Aug. 22, 2013. A charge of trespassing earned Chase three days in jail.
Chase was charged with assault and theft on Oct. 25, 2011, by Maryland State Trooper Michael Moore. In the face of a vigorous defense by public defenders Troy Hansen and Reid Owen, Fritz dropped the charges on April 26, 2012.
On Oct. 5, 2011, Chase was charged with assault and robbery by Deputy James Stone and on Nov. 10, 2011, the charges were dropped by Fritz.
Charged with drug distribution in a Circuit Court Indictment on Aug. 20, 2008, from an investigation and charges by St. Mary’s Narco Deputies Phil Joseph and Vyvyan A. Walker, Chase was found guilty in a plea deal with Fritz on Feb. 6, 2009 and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
Chase was charged with two counts of assault on June 20, 2008, by Trooper Nims. The charges were dropped by Fritz on July 17, 2008.
Chase was charged with trespassing on July 7, 2007, by Deputy Robert A. Russell. In District Court of St. Mary’s on Sept. 19, 2007, he was found not guilty.
Chase was charged with assault on July 11, 2006, and in District Court on Oct. 3, 2006, Fritz dropped the charge.
On Nov. 30, 2006, Chase was charged by Dep. Robert Gill with theft and on May 9, 2007, Fritz dropped the charge.