Nikolas Patrick Hughes

UPDATE – Tuesday, Nov. 17 5 p.m.

Leonardtown, MD – The Maryland State Police have confirmed that the fugitive, Nikolas Patrick Hughes, 17 of Leonardtown, is now in custody. The teen, who is being charged as an adult, faces numerous weapons charges.

St. Mary’s County – On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm, Tpr. Capranica and Cpl. Pilkerton initiated a traffic stop on a white passenger car on MD Route 5 at Thompson Corner Road for a minor traffic violation.  

The driver, Nikolas Patrick Hughes, 17, of Leonardtown, and passenger, Kevin Jerome Graham, 21, of Lexington Park, were asked to exit the vehicle for a probable cause search.  While waiting for additional units, Mr. Hughes fled on foot.  Several patrol units checked the area for Mr. Hughes, but were unsuccessful. 

A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of a handgun, 3 rifles, and a shotgun.  Further investigation revealed that the firearms were stolen from a residence in Leonardtown, and an additional black handgun with a wooden grip has not been recovered.  The passenger, Mr. Graham, was placed under arrest and charged with various weapons related charges. 

Contact was made with the State’s Attorney’s Office, who advised to charge Mr. Hughes as an adult.  An active warrant was issued, charging Mr. Hughes with Handgun in Vehicle, Handgun on Person, Possession of a Firearm/Minor, Registered Firearm: Stolen/Sell ect, Theft $1,000 to $10,000, and traffic charges. 

Mr. Hughes is a 17 year old black male, 5’11”, 162 lbs.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Hughes is asked to call the Maryland State Police Duty Officer at 301-475-8955