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Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit, along with Agents from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force have arrested an Attempted Murder suspect who was a fugitive from Maryland, and had been previously featured on the show “Live PD”.

In a collaborative effort, both the US Marshals and SJSO Detectives had acquired information on a suspect wanted on nine (9) charges may be living in St. Johns County under an assumed name (Alias), and had potentially resided here for several years after fleeing Anne Arundel County in Maryland. The suspect, who was identified as, Ryan James Watson, 30, was wanted on charges in three Maryland counties, Glen Burnie District Court, Calvert, and Anne Arundel Circut Courts

Ryan James Watson, 30 Mugshot courtesy of St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Credit: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

Calvert County: Case Number 04-K-08-000169

Sentenced to 5 years, entire sentence suspended

  • 2nd Degree Burglary
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Theft: less than $100
  • Failure to Drive right of Center

Calvert County: Case Number 04-K-08-000170

Sentenced to 5 years suspended to 18 months

  • Armed Robbery- Guilty
  • 2nd Degree Assault- Not Guilty
  • Att-Theft $500 Plus Value- Not Guilty
  • Dangerous Weapon: wear and carry with intent to injure- Not Guilty

Anne Arundel CountyCase Number 02-K-08-000327

Sentenced to 5 years suspended to 18 months

  • Armed Robbery
  • Robbery
  • 2nd Degree Assault
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Deadly Weapon w/intent to injure
  • Theft under $500

Anne Arundel County- Case Number 5A00249016

Warrant Issued

  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
  • Armed Robbery
  • Robbery
  • 1st Degree Assault
  • 2nd Degree Assault
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Theft less than $100
  • Dangerous Weapon w/ Intent to injure

Investigators established a covert perimeter around the area and launched a drone over the home to surveil any activity. The suspect, who had been living in SJC under the alias of Sean Riley, exited the home after hearing the hovering drone and after observing that he matched the suspect’s description, was secured by members of the team. When asked his name, he provided his alias, but after being called “Ryan”, stated “Ok, you got me”. Watson was arrested and booked into the SJC Jail on Maryland’s authorization to hold for extradition.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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