The Frederick Police Department has arrested 4 people in connection with an early morning kidnapping, robbery and shooting Investigation in the 800 block of Stratford Way.
Follow-up to the robbery investigation. (CR # 2014-001919)
On January 9, 2014, at approximately 12:24 am, officers from the Frederick Police Department were notified of an attempted robbery and subsequent shots fired that occurred in the 800 block of Stratford Way. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim who stated he was in the area of 16th St in Frederick, Maryland when his vehicle was blocked in by another vehicle. Several subjects exited the vehicle and approached him with handguns. The victim was then taken, against his will, back to his apartment on Stratford Way where he was able to get free from the suspects. The victim fled into the apartment which caused the suspects to fire several shots into the door of the victim’s apartment.
Responding officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle leaving the area and attempted to make a traffic stop on that vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and led members of the Frederick Police Department on a chase. Officers from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police later joined the pursuit which ended in the County on Ballenger Creek Pike. The officers involved in the pursuit were assisted from the air by the Maryland State Police Helicopter. During the pursuit, officers observed the occupants of the vehicle throw an object from the vehicle which was subsequently recovered and found to be a handgun. Officers were able to disable the vehicle using Stop Sticks that flattened the tires of the vehicle, safely bringing the pursuit to an end. One of the occupants of the vehicle fled the vehicle on foot as it came to a stop and was later apprehended in a nearby yard.
Detectives from the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to assist patrol officers with the investigation. As a result, the female driving the SUV was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding and three other suspects in the vehicle are in custody and will be charged in this case with numerous charges including armed robbery, kidnapping and numerous weapons related charges. It was also discovered, during the course of the investigation, that this was not a random act and that the victim and suspects are familiar with each other.
As a result of the pursuit and subsequent arrest of the suspects, a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputy, a Maryland State Police trooper, and a Frederick Police officer sustained minor injuries. The Deputy sustained an ankle injury, the Trooper a minor head injury and the FPD officer a minor cut to his hand. All injuries are non-life threatening and were treated by EMS and released.
Chief Thomas Ledwell of the Frederick Police Department would like to thank the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and members of the Frederick Police Department stating that the safe conclusion of the pursuit and subsequent apprehension of the individuals involved is a direct result of the coordination and cooperation that exist between the allied agencies involved.
The staff at the Emergency Communication Center also commented that they were very proud of the excellent cooperation and dedication of all personnel involved, and the continued excellent working relationship between partner agencies to best serve the community. The incident last night is a perfect example of interoperability and once again shows the consolidated communications center in Frederick is a shining example in our state.
This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Booking photos are not available at the time of this release due to the offenders still being processed at Frederick County Central Booking.
Dawson, Najee Edward
1st Degree Assault
Cooke, Darryl Lee Jr
1st Degree Assault
Smith, Jerrell Isaiah
1st Degree Assault
Baker, Hailee Lynn
Frederick, MD 21701
Fleeing and Eluding and related traffic charges
For additional information please contact the Frederick Police Department's Public Information Officer, Lt Clark Pennington at 240-818-7022.