SNOW HILL — Three of the four men arrested after robbing victims at gunpoint on a downtown Ocean City street pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Worcester County Circuit Court on Wednesday and each received hefty sentences.
Around 2:20 a.m. on June 10, Ocean City Police responded to the area of 12th Street for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred. The victims told police they were walking along 12th Street when they were confronted by four male suspects who robbed them at gunpoint.
OCPD officers broadcasted the descriptions of the assailants and their vehicle, which was located a short time after the initial lookout was posted. The vehicle was occupied by four male suspects, who were detained until the victims were brought to the scene to identify them. The victims were able to positively identify the vehicle’s occupants as the four men who had robbed them at gunpoint a short time earlier.
OCPD officers identified the suspects as Dominique L.A. Paul Pratt, 20, of Waldorf; Derrell Levon Prince, 19, of Waldorf; and John Riley, 23, of Washington, D.C. The investigation revealed a third suspect, identified as Darien Xavier Britton, 18, of Waldorf, acted as the group’s driver.
OCPD officers recovered the victims’ stolen property, which included two wallets containing roughly $500 in cash and two iPhones from the suspects’ vehicle. Also discovered was a handgun believed to have been used during the robbery. A check of the weapon’s serial number revealed it had been reported stolen in Charlotte, N.C.
On Wednesday, Pratt, Prince and Riley each pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in Worcester County Circuit Court. Pratt was sentenced to 14 years with all but seven years suspended. Prince and Riley were each sentenced to 12 years with all but six years suspended. In September, Britton pleaded guilty to accessory after the statute. His sentencing has been set for next Wednesday.