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Delmarva's Most Wanted: Search Continues for Suspects in Princess Anne Manhunt

Police say four suspects were involved in an invasion of this Mount Vernon home. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16) Police say four suspects were involved in an invasion of this Mount Vernon home. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)
James Russell III, wanted by police James Russell III, wanted by police
Haven N. Simmons, wanted by police Haven N. Simmons, wanted by police

11/06/2007 12:59 AM ET

MOUNT VERNON, Md. -  Investigators are still searching for two men who they say stormed into a Princess Anne home earlier this summer and shot at police officers.

Here is how the manhunt began: police say a MySpace page showed off pictures of stacks of cash. According to police, four suspects devised a scheme to get that money for themselves.

On June 12, police say Natasha Washington knocked on the door of the mother of the MySpace poster. Washington claimed her car was overheating.

The mother gave Washington some water, but when Washington knocked on the door a second time, police say three men barreled into the home with the mother, her daughter and her grandson inside.

The suspects reportedly called the MySpace poster and demanded the cash they had seen.

The son called police, and seven officers responded. The suspects took off into the woods. As police started chasing, shots rang out. Police took cover behind trees, then picked up the hunt again.

Two of the suspects were long gone, even as police combed every inch of the woods. By that evening, though, police had arrested Washington and Joseph Evaristo for attempted murder and other charges, including kidnapping.

But two men, James Russell III and Haven Simmons, escaped.

There are no longer any roadblocks on Mount Vernon road, and police are not searching the woods for clues anymore. But some folks who live in that area say their lives still have not returned to normal.

It's the little things that are different, at least for Ronnie Haymaker.

"I used to leave keys in all my vehicles, used to not lock anything, you know, somebody might need to borrow it," he said. "But now, I lock everything up."

Haymaker continued, "I just couldn't believe that was here in Somerset County."

"Anybody who shoots at a police officer, I think, poses a threat to anyone wherever they are," said Sgt. Chuck Salvas of the Maryland State Police. "Wherever they are, they are definitely a threat."

Thick stacks of folders, plus tapes and evidence, give investigators a few leads. They think the men could be in Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina, but say there is no way to track them.

For now, though, the message for two of Delmarva's Most Wanted is out there.

"We're coming. And we're going to find you," said Salvas. "Absolutely no doubt about it. We will find you."

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