From Maryland State Police:
A month-long investigation by the Maryland State Police has resulted in the apprehension of two suspects in connection with the recent armed robbery of a Churchville Gas Station.
On December 22, 2010 at 8:47 p.m., Troopers responded to the Xtra Fuels Gas Station located at the 2400 block of Churchville Road for a reported armed robbery. The victim/clerk (Jimmy R. Ghandhi, 32 yoa, N.J. resident) advised that he was closing the store when two black males entered with their faces concealed.
One suspect displayed a silver handgun and pointed it at the victim while the other suspect ordered the victim to open the cash register. The suspects took cash, cigarettes and cigars. One suspect then punched the victim in the face and both suspects fled. The victim sustained minor injuries during the assault.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack subsequently created and distributed Metro Crime Stoppers fliers featuring images of the suspects. Those fliers resulted in an anonymous tip identifying possible suspects. Further investigation confirmed the identity of the suspects and identified three possible locations where the suspects and evidence could be located. Investigators prepared search warrants for three locations in Harford and Cecil counties and obtained arrest warrants for Rashaun Ian Hilyard, B/M, 18 yoa and Marshall Leon Pounds III, B/M, DOB 10/20/90, 20 yoa.
On Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., the Maryland State Police STATE (SWAT) Team and troopers from the Bel Air Barrack, North East Barrack, State Apprehension Team, State Police Gang Unit, and Crime Scene Unit as well as deputies/investigators from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, simultaneously executed search warrants at the 100 block of Asbury Road in Churchville, 300 block of Stevens Circle, Apt. in Aberdeen and the 400 block of Willow Drive in Elkton. Rashaun Hilyard was taken into custody at the Elkton address without incident and is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center. Evidence was recovered at all three locations linking the suspects to the crime.
On Friday, January 21, 2011, the United State Marshal’s Service, working in conjunction with the MSP State Apprehension Team, arrested Pounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, without incident. He is awaiting extradition to Maryland. Both suspects have been charged with first degree assault, armed robbery, theft and handgun violations.