CRISFIELD, Md.- Maryland State Police say they have arrested four people in connection with a kidnapping and armed robbery incident that occurred last month in Somerset County.
Patrick Ryan Shanks, 22, of Clinton, Md.; Jonathon Thomas Handy, 22, of Crisfield; Stevona Sterling, 18, of Crisfield; and Nadia Hanna, 19, of Princess Anne are all charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and first-degree assault.
According to police, the arrests of the four stemmed from an investigation that got under way on June 19, into an incident that began at a home on Asbury Avenue in Crisfield and ended at the Food Lion in Princess Anne.
Police said the investigation revealed that Shanks displayed a handgun and demanded money from the male victim. Troopers said Shanks also struck the victim in the face with the handgun, causing significant bleeding and injuries.
Investigators said that Shanks, with Handy's assistance, prevented the victim from leaving the home. The victim was then forced to call his mother and have $600 wired via Western Union, police said. Troopers said Shanks then placed a phone call and arranged transportation from the home on Asbury Avenue to the Food Lion in Princess Anne.
Hanna and Sterling were contacted by Shanks and they drove up to the victim's home in a Lincoln Town Car, police said. Authorities said Shanks, Handy and the victim then got inside the vehicle and traveled to Food Lion in Princess Anne to complete the Western Union Transaction.
Police said that when they arrived at their destination, Sterling escorted the victim inside the Food Lion to complete the transaction. Troopers said that while filling out the transaction paperwork, the victim wrote "Help Me" on the form, which alerted the cashier. The cashier called 911 and police responded. Sterling returned to the vehicle and the suspects attempted to leave the area, police said.
The suspect vehicle was stopped and all four suspects were taken into custody on the aforementioned charges.
The handgun used in the incident was recovered near the Food Lion, police said. According to investigators, the handgun was reported stolen from a home in Somerset County approximately two weeks earlier.
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