Deputies Arrest Suspect with Handgun

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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Arrest Suspicious Suspect with Handgun

On July 17, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office units, Deputy J. Lacey, Deputy J. Bare, Deputy D. Potter, Deputy B. Foor, and Sgt. H. Young, responded to the Lexington Lounge located at 21736 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, the officers were told the suspect was hiding in the wood line near the Lexington Lounge. Officers located the suspect, who was later identified as Jonathan Mclain Barnes, age 24, of Callaway.  Deputies also recovered a hat, mask, and handgun (not loaded) near the suspect in the woods.

The officers made contact with bouncers of the Lexington Lounge, who advised the suspect was walking outside the business in a suspicious manner. The bouncers asked everyone to enter the business to avoid the suspect. The suspect then approached the bouncers, produced a handgun, and held it to the throat of one of the bouncers while making threatening statements. The suspect lowered the gun and then fled across the street to a woodline behind a local business, where the bouncers kept an eye on him until officers arrived.

Barnes was taken into custody without incident and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Two Counts of First Degree Assault, Two Counts of Second Degree Assault, Handgun on Person, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Possession of a Regulated Firearm after Being a Person Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime, Possession of a Regulated Firearm after Being a Person Convicted of a Crime of Violence.

Barnes has been remanded to the Detention Center and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Jonathan M. Barnes

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