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Trial set to begin in armed robbery/home invasion case

Jason Andre Armstrong

Leonardtown, MD- A Lexington Park man is scheduled to stand trial starting Tuesday, Jan. 9 in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court for a list of charges including armed robbery.

Jason Andre Armstrong, 43, is charged with armed robbery, the use of a firearm during a felony, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, firearm possession with a felony conviction, possession of a firearm, first degree burglary and home invasion.

On March 5, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s detectives responded to a home on Teddy Way in Lexington Park. When officers arrived on scene the female victim told police “an unknown male came into her residence without permission, pointed a gun at her head and demanded drugs and money.”

According to charging documents, the victim stated Armstrong, "pulled out a silver hand gun which was concealed in his clothing and pointed the firearm in the area of her head from approximately four feet away as she knelt down.”

The victim advised that Armstrong claimed he lost $2,000 to the victim's boyfriend while gambling and he wanted his money back. The victim advised that Armstrong," told her to give him $200 or he was going to come back in a week and blow everyone's head off in the residence."

When the suspect left the residence, the victim had a friend follow the suspect’s vehicle and the location was being relayed to a 911 operator.

Based on the description of the subject and the suspect vehicle, deputies were able to locate and stop the listed vehicle on Alton Lane. The vehicle was occupied by four subjects, including Armstrong.

After all four subjects were detained and separated. A search for weapons was conducted and a Taurus 9 mm hand gun was located under the driver's seat.

According to charging documents, "The defendant's criminal history revealed he (Armstrong) was previous convicted of robbery on May.5, 2006, was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections (DOC) and was just recently released from prison. This is one of his convictions which prohibits him (Armstrong) from possessing a regulated firearm."

Armstrong faces a maximum jail sentence of 225 years and six months and/or a maximum fine of $43,000.

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Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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