Prince Frederick Safeway robbery suspect charged in Montgomery County Armed Carjacking

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

Update 6/11/2019- Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Dante Tyler-El, age 53, of the 500 block of Little Hut Drive in Centerville, Maryland, with an armed carjacking that occurred on June 5th in Gaithersburg.

On Wednesday, June 5th at approximately 5:29 p.m., 6th District officers and Gaithersburg Police Department officers responded to the 18700 block of North Frederick Avenue for the report of an armed carjacking that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the 46-year-old female victim was in her parked car in the 18700 block of North Frederick Avenue when the suspect approached her. The suspect, who was wearing a yellow construction vest, hard hat, and armed with a handgun threatened the victim and demanded money. The suspect handcuffed the victim, moved her to the back seat of her vehicle, and began looking for property inside the car. At one point, the victim screamed, and the suspect struck her with the handgun. The suspect then moved to the driver’s seat of the victim’s car and drove approximately one hundred yards with the victim still handcuffed in the back seat. The suspect stopped the car, exited the vehicle and fled the area on foot. The victim freed one of her hands from the handcuffs and immediately contacted police.

Personnel from the Forensic Service Section (FSS) processed the crime scene for physical evidence, including latent fingerprints and DNA. Prints believed to belong to the suspect were obtained from the victim’s vehicle and sent to a regional fingerprint database (RAFIS). On June 7th, detectives received a fingerprint match to Dante Tyler-El and obtained an arrest warrant for him charging him with armed robbery, armed carjacking, kidnapping, the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and first-degree assault.

During the investigation, MCP detectives determined that early in the morning on June 6th, Tyler-El had been arrested by officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Department while driving a stolen vehicle in the area of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. During that arrest, MDTA officers located a handgun, a fluorescent construction vest, and construction hard hats inside the stolen vehicle.

Tyler-El is currently incarcerated in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center located in Centerville, Maryland related to the June 6th stolen vehicle and handgun charges.

Prince Frederick, MD- On June 05, 2019 at 5:20 AM, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Safeway gas pumps on West Dares Beach Road for the report of an armed robbery.

The adult victim was in the process of pumping his gas when he was approached by a man with a handgun. The victim was assaulted, and the suspect attempted to place the victim in handcuffs. The handcuffing of the man was thwarted by a brave Calvert County citizen who confronted the man and threatened to call the police. The victim was robbed of his wallet and the suspect fled in a vehicle.

Detectives of the Calvert County Criminal Investigations Bureau assumed the investigation and quickly identified the vehicle involved. The detectives initiated a multi-jurisdictional search that led to the arrest of the suspect by Maryland Transportation Authority Police as he attempted to cross the Bay Bridge around 1:20 AM the following morning.

Calvert County Detectives learned of numerous similar armed robberies occurring throughout the DMV area on June 05, 2019 and contributed their efforts to help identify the suspect in all cases for the surrounding jurisdictions.

The suspect has been identified as Dante D’Anjael Tyler of Hyattsville, Maryland. He is in custody and faces numerous charges to include Armed Robbery, Assault in the First Degree, and various felony handgun possession charges.

Anyone who has any further information about these cases is encouraged to call Detective Yates at 410 535 2800 ext. 2151.

UPDATE 6/6/2019 – Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies have apprehended the suspect in the Safeway robbery that occurred on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Prince Frederick, MD. The suspect remains in police custody. Further arrest details will follow as they become available.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 shortly after 5 a.m., Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to report of a robbery at the Safeway gas station in Prince Frederick, MD.

This incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Yates at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800 ext. 2151.

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