Chicken wings, fries and armed robbery
On a recent night in Charles County, three teenagers went out to a Waldorf-area neighborhood looking for someone to rob. When they couldn't "catch somebody slippin,' " one of the teens later told investigators, they decided to call and see if they could get a victim delivered.
According to the police's account of events, the teens phoned Goodies restaurant and ordered chicken wings, subs and fries. Then they picked a house to use for their address -- one that was dark and would provide good cover -- and waited for the delivery driver.
The scheme went according to plan: when the driver arrived, the teens pointed a handgun at him and demanded the food for free plus some cash, police said. But just more than a week later, they wound up behind bars.
Charles D. Williams, 16, Jonathan E. Savoy, 16 and Peter R. Alfred, 18, all of Waldorf, were charged with armed robbery and other related counts in connection with the incident. They did not have lawyers listed in online court records, and efforts to reach family members were unsuccessful. The two 16-year-olds were charged as adults.
Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County sheriff’s office, credits the police’s rapid response to the incident for helping crack the case. Patrols were saturated in the area around the 4200 block of Augusta Street that night, she said, and after the victim was let go unharmed, officers arrived and canvassed the area quickly, gleaning descriptions of the suspects and other information.
But the teens' own brazenness did not help their cause.
Richardson said Savoy admitted to detectives the teens were on a quest to rob someone on Nov. 9, and they called Goodies because they were frustrated they could not find someone walking in the neighborhood. That prompted them to pick a house that “looked dark,” Richardson said, then make the phone call.
“It’s hard to understand why they took that next step,” she said. “To plan a robbery in front of somebody’s house chosen at random is very interesting.”
Richardson said investigators are looking into whether the teens might be responsible for other robberies in the area. Robberies of delivery drivers are not unheard of in Charles County. Last year, a high school football star was sentenced to eight years in prison for a similar crime.
-- Matt Zapotosky
November 20, 2009; 8:05 AM ET
Categories: Charles , Matt Zapotosky | Tags: armed robbery; Goodies; chicken wings
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