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UPDATE LEONARDTOWN, MD – February 14, 2020. Defendant Jonathan McLain Barnes was sentenced to twenty (20) years in prison, the maximum penalty, for his involvement in an armed robbery with the use of a handgun.

Deputy State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling prosecuted the case. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz would like to thank Deputy SA Sterling, Detective Austin Schultz and the members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department for the successful investigation and prosecution of this case.


On September 1, 2018, at approximately 1:10 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46000 block of Valley Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported robbery.

The investigation determined three adult victims were confronted by two unknown black males, armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded property from the victims; two of the victims fled the scene and the third victim was physically assaulted and robbed of property.

Deputies were able to utilize investigative tools and tracked the victim’s property to a neighborhood in Lexington Park. When officers arrived in the area, two unknown black males were observed exiting a vehicle. The males were identified as Wayne Aloyious Jordan, age 28 of Great Mills, and Jonathan Mclain Barnes, age 26 of Lexington Park. Located inside the vehicle Jordan and Barnes were seen exiting from, was the victim’s cell phone and a handgun.

Jordan and Barnes were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Upon Barnes being placed into a police vehicle, he assaulted an officer; the officer was uninjured. Barnes and

Jordan were charged with the following criminal violations after consultation with the Office of the State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Assault First Degree
  • Assault Second Degree
  • Use of a Handgun in Commission of a Felony
  • Handgun Wear/Carry/Transport

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@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.