Ronald Franklin Brown, Jr. and Thomas Brian Smith, Jr.

An employee at the Good Day Market located in Prince Frederick on Sunday, August 3rd at 3:43 p.m. advised the Calvert Control Center that the store had been robbed.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a white male with a beard, in his 20’s to early 30’s with a large frame of 6’ to 6’-4” and weighing 210 to 250 pounds entered the store.  This subject approached the counter and asked for cigarettes.  While the sole employee was ringing up the item, the man handed her a note telling her to give him all the money.  The clerk complied and the suspect then left the store.  A witness in the parking lot advised police that he saw the suspect get into a small vehicle on the passenger side and leave the scene.    No one was injured during the robbery.

Follow-up investigation by Det. H. Rich of the Calvert Investigative Bureau revealed two possible suspects in this case, the suspect who entered the store and the suspect driver of the vehicle.  Det. Rich was subsequently able to request the issuance of arrest warrants for Thomas Brian Smith, Jr., 34, of Prince Frederick, driver of the vehicle, and Ronald Franklin Brown, Jr., 33, of Leonardtown.  Both men were arrested on September 21.  Smith has been charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, second degree assault, conspiracy to commit second degree assault, use of a firearm during a violent crime, conspiracy to use a firearm during a violent crime and handgun in vehicle.  Brown has been charged with the same first six offenses as Smith, but is also charged with handgun on person, theft $1,000 to under $10,000 and conspiracy to commit theft $1,000 to under $10,000.