Prosecutors are dropping armed robbery charges against three Prince George’s County men in order to pave the way for their cases to be heard in federal court, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said.
Deniro Wesley Southern-Robinson, 19, De’Andre Denzil Proctor, 21, both of Upper Marlboro, and Joshua Isaiah Potter, 19, of District Heights, were accused of a string of robberies in late December and early January.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland will take over the cases, according to Smith. Federal court record searches did not show any filings for the cases as of Tuesday.
The office will also prosecute the men’s armed robbery cases in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Smith said, adding that prosecuting cases across jurisdictions can be difficult because state prosecutors often need to reach a consensus on the desired outcome. Turning the cases over to the federal court will help consolidate the cases and could lead to a longer sentence should the men be convicted, Smith said.
Authorities accused the men of back-to-back armed robberies at the Sunoco gas station in Myersville and the Royal Farms store on Fingerboard Road near Urbana on Dec. 29.
In that case, Southern-Robinson and Proctor were indicted in Frederick County Circuit Court on charges of possession of marijuana and two counts each of armed robbery, first-degree assault, handgun use in a violent crime, reckless endangerment and theft.
Potter was indicted in connection with the robbery on two counts each of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit that offense, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit that offense, handgun use in a violent crime and conspiracy to commit that offense, theft and conspiracy to commit that offense.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office arrested them on Jan. 7 after another armed robbery at the McDonald’s in Myersville. Deputies recognized the red Dodge Charger they were driving.
Officers reported finding a black BB gun and a silver .22-caliber revolver in the car, as well as cash and 39.2 grams of marijuana.
In that case, Southern-Robinson and Proctor faced local charges of theft, handgun use in a violent crime, reckless endangerment and two counts each of first-degree assault and armed robbery.
Potter was indicted on charges of theft, use of a handgun in a violent crime, accessory after the fact, and two counts each of first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The men made off with $2,182 in the crimes, according to charging documents.
Potter and Proctor were also charged with the Dec. 27 armed robbery of a gas station on Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro.
Southern-Robinson and Proctor were linked to the armed robbery of a Sunoco gas station on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda on Dec. 29 at about 3 a.m., according to Montgomery County police.