From Maryland State Police:
EDGEWOOD _ Two men face charges from the Maryland State Police in Harford County this week in connection with a brazen armed robbery of an Edgewood Road convenience store.
Maryland State Police criminal investigators charged Steven Lamar Joseph, 19, of the 300 block of Canoe Lane, Edgewood, MD and Adam Elijah Williams, 21, of the 9800 block of Dee Way, Middle River, MD with armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, theft under $1,000 and weapons violations.
The arrests of both men followed a month-long investigation by Troopers into the January 11th armed robbery of the Royal Farms convenience store located in the 600 block of Edgewood Road. Troopers were summoned to the store near Hanson Road shortly before 2 a.m. after two masked men entered the establishment and brandished a handgun. During the robbery, the clerk questioned the suspects about the authenticity of the firearm, at which time one suspect discharged the weapon. The clerk was uninjured during the holdup. Both suspects fled the store on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. purchase AR-15 magazines
Afterwards, Troopers flooded the Edgewood community with reward fliers about the robbery. Soon after, a tip was received through Metro Crime Stoppers Inc. of Maryland, which led to the identity of the accused Joseph. On February 4th, investigators from the Joint Investigative Task Force (comprised of Troopers and Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies) raided a residence on Canoe Lane in Edgewood, MD. Joseph was taken into custody without incident. Five days later, Troopers located Williams and arrested him without incident. The duo could have been onto bigger plans as police and found that they had subscribed to purchase AR-15 magazines.
“The partnership between the community and law enforcement was instrumental in the success of this investigation and is unquestionably helping to make Harford County a safer place” said Sergeant James DeCourcey – Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack. Sergeant DeCourcey is one of the lead supervisors of the unit and provided much support to the primary investigator in this case.
Both suspects were taken before a District Court Commissioner for Harford County. Joseph was remanded to the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 bond; Williams was jailed after being denied bond.