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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Three Men Charged Federally With Robbery Of Armored Vehicle


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE                                                    at (410) 209-4885


Baltimore, Maryland – Orneth Patrick South, age 48, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Ryan Shevin Smith, age 38, of Princess Anne, Maryland; and Michael D. Watts, age 42, of Brooklyn, New York, have been charged federally in connection with the robbery of an armored vehicle in Salisbury, Maryland on January 22, 2018.

The charges were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief of Police for the Salisbury Police Department Barbara Duncan. 

According to the charging documents, on Monday, January 22, 2018, at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Salisbury Police Department responded to the armed robbery of a Loomis Armored vehicle that was parked at a branch of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) located in Salisbury, Maryland.  The Loomis vehicle driver was servicing an automated teller machine (“ATM”) at the location, when three men approached him and demanded money from the ATM as well as the armored vehicle.  The driver was disarmed of his service handgun and restrained. 

The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the robbery, and up to life in prison for the firearm charge.

An individual charged by indictment or criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI – Baltimore Field Office, FBI – Charlotte, North Carolina Field Office, FBI – New York Field Office, and the Salisbury Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Cunningham and Paul Riley, who are prosecuting the case.


Updated May 22, 2018