The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, (CID), arrested and charged an individual in two recent robberies.
On October 31, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the juvenile victim in the Lexington Park area for the reported robbery. Investigation determined the victim arranged via social media to sell a pair of shoes, to an acquaintance, Benjamin Jamal Washington, age 18 of Lexington Park. The victim and Washington were in Lancaster Park, located in the 21500 block of Willows Road, in Lexington Park, when Washington and another individual later identified as, Micah Robert Lee, age 19 of Lexington Park, began to physically assault the victim. During the assault, both subjects removed items from the victim’s pockets, and also stole the shoes the victim was selling.
During the course of the investigation, Washington was also developed as a suspect in a similar robbery which occurred on October 3, 2018, outside the Hampton Inn, located in the 22200 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. In this robbery, the victim also arranged via social media to sell shoes to the suspect. When the victim arrived at the hotel, Washington advised the victim it was a robbery, and sprayed the victim in the face with possible pepper spray. Washington then fled the area with the shoes.
On November 1, 2018, Washington was located by patrol units in the California, Maryland area, and taken into custody. During the investigation Lee was developed as a suspect, and a search and seizure warrant was executed at another Lexington Park hotel where Washington and Lee were residing. Evidence was recovered at the hotel, linking Washington and Lee to the robberies. Washington was charged with the following:
- Armed Robbery
- Robbery (2 counts)
- Assault Second Degree (2 counts)
- Theft $100-$1,500
At this time, there is an active arrest warrant for Micah Robert Lee for the charges of Robbery, Theft, and Assault Second Degree.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Micah Lee, or anyone with additional information on these robberies is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension *8128, or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.