Cumberland Police Department:
(Frederick, MD) On 10/27/2011, uniformed members of the Maryland State Police, Frederick Barrack - working with members of the Frederick County Narcotics Task Force, Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Frederick County Bureau of Investigation arrested James B. Rishel, age 27 of Westminster, MD. Rishel was wanted on four outstanding warrants; one from Westminster and three from Carroll County.
On 10/16/2011, the Maryland State Police (MSP) Westminster Barrack troopers arrested Rishel during a traffic stop. Rishel's vehicle was initially stopped for proceeding through a red traffic light. During a routine check through Emergency Communications, it was learned that there was an active Protective Order against him (Respondent). Further investigation revealed a protected person (Age 27 and resident of Westminster) was the passenger in his vehicle.
When Troopers attempted to arrest Rishel for violating the Protective Order, he fled on foot. After a short foot chase, Rishel assaulted one of the troopers as he was apprehended. Rishel was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Detention Center where he posted bond and was released.
Additionally, Troopers obtained a search warrant for Rishel's vehicle. During the execution of the warrant, suspected cocaine was located. The cocaine was seized as evidence and placed on property with the Maryland State Police.
On 10/19/2011, the State's Attorney's Office for Carroll County revoked Rishel's bond for all pending trials and four warrants were issued for his arrest. MSP- Westminster Barrack's criminal investigators immediately began searching for Rishel.
On 10/27/2011, Westminster Barrack investigators located Rishel in the Frederick area. Shortly after 12:30 p.m. today, Rishel was taken into custody without incident at the Waffle House, located on Buckeystown Pike. He was transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for processing.
MSP-Westminster warrant / charge, CDS possession, not marijuana
Carroll County warrant / Violation of Probation (VOP) for CDS intent to distribute
Carroll County warrant / VOP for ExParte / Protective Order
Carroll County warrant / charge, second-degree assault, witness intimidation, witness retaliation and violation of an ExParte
On Thursday, 10/27/2011, at approximately 12:15 PM, a suspect entered Steve's Pharmacy in the Bel Air Plaza, and approached the counter. The suspect lifted his shirt, displayed a handgun in the waist band of his pants, and demanded prescription medication. The employees of the pharmacy complied, handing the suspect an unspecified amount of medication. The suspect then fled the business on foot.
Troopers from the LaVale Barrack of the Maryland State Police responded after being notified of the incident, and with the assistance of a K-9 tracking dog and the Medevac helicopter, "Trooper 5", a search of the area was conducted. The suspect was not located at that time. The scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Evidence Collection Unit.
Members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) also responded to assist in the investigation. Interviews at the scene led to a description of the suspect who was described as a white male, in his twenties, 5-10 to 6-00 in height, thin build, and short brown hair. The suspect was wearing a blue and white checked flannel shirt, blue jeans, gloves, and a pair of sunglasses to try to conceal his identity.
Video surveillance of the incident was reviewed by C3I Investigators. Another suspect, apparently acting as a look out, was observed outside the pharmacy while the incident was occurring. When the suspect left the business, both suspects were seen fleeing on foot in a direction away from Rt. 220 past the Body Factory fitness club and several other businesses in the plaza.
Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Maryland State Police at 301-729-2101, or the C3I Unit at 301-777-0326. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
The investigation is continuing.