OCEAN CITY — Four men are being held on armed robbery charges this week after allegedly robbing victims at gunpoint on a downtown street.
Around 2:20 a.m. on Monday, 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.
Officers broadcasted the descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle, which was located a short time after the initial lookout was posted. The vehicle was occupied by four males, who were detained until the victims were brought to the scene to identify them. The victims positively identified the four suspects.
The suspects are 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.
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 stolen in Charlotte, N.C.
Pratt and Prince were charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. Riley has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and second-degree assault. Britton has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and transportation of a handgun. Charges for the stolen handgun are pending. All of the suspects were taken before a District Court Commissioner and each was ordered to be held on a $500,000 bond.