(Dec. 14, 2018) A traffic stop last Thursday ended in the arrest of three people accused of stealing a vehicle in Salisbury.
An arrest report filed in district court in Ocean City said Ja’Quire Renea Hopkins, 18, of Ocean City, and Salisbury residents Keshaun R. Purnell, 20, and Terius McQuay Green, 18, were charged with unlawful removal of a motor vehicle.
Purnell and Green also were charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and theft from $1,500 to under $25,000, according to the reports. Green was also charged with possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, according to the reports.
Hopkins was charged with driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a highway without a required license and authorization, and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
An Ocean City Police Department officer was responding to an unrelated traffic stop around 9:57 p.m. on Route 90 when a license plate reader alerted police to a stolen vehicle traveling east on Route 90 toward the traffic stop.
The 2016 silver Honda CR-V was reported stolen in Salisbury by the Maryland State Police. The vehicle was confirmed stolen by a police communications operator.
The officer at the unrelated traffic stop waited for the Honda to pass their marked police vehicles and then head south onto Coastal Highway before turning right onto 61st Street.
The driver of the Honda parked the vehicle in the tennis courts parking lot at 104 61st Street, according to the arrest reports. An officer got out of the vehicle and pointed his department-issued handgun at the vehicle and its occupants. The officer, after holstering his handgun, then used his patrol car’s PA system to order the occupants to remain in the car and roll down the windows.
A third officer arrived on scene, withdrew a firearm and also pointed it at the vehicle and the people inside, according to the reports. Police said they saw the people moving inside the car, and it looked as if they were trying to change seats with back seat passenger.
The officers also said they were not obeying their commands, according to the report, as all three people got out of the car.
Police said attempts to talk to the occupants produced little information until Purnell, after being read his rights, told them his version of events.
Purnell reportedly told police he was at a Wawa in Salisbury was when he saw Green, a friend, drive the Honda into the parking lot.
Purnell, who said he didn’t know the car was stolen, then asked for a ride to a store on 144th Street in Ocean City, and Green agreed, according to the arrest report.
Green and Hopkins posted $3,000 bail on Dec. 7, and Purnell was released on his own recognizance, according to court records. A trial is set for 9 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2019 in the Worcester County District Court in Ocean City.