UPDATE: Fourth home invasion suspect arrested
3/6 UPDATE: Police say that 36-year-old Jamaar Brown has been arrested.
MARDELA SPRINGS, Md. – Police say three people have been arrested and one is still wanted in connection to a violent home invasion in Mardela Springs last week.
According to police, the incident happened during the early morning hours of February 25th, at a home in the 25000 block of Elzey Brown Loop. It was learned that three suspects, identified as 30-year-old Travis Gaines, 28-year-old Amanda Flowers, and 36-year-old Jamaar Brown, forced entry into the home and held an adult female, 12-year-old juvenile, and 8-year-old juvenile hostage. The suspects reportedly used a shotgun and handgun to order the residents around the residence while trying to kidnap the adult and 12-year-old.
The suspects then assaulted the victims and stole several items. It was also reported that the suspects held firearms to the victim’s heads while yelling demands, and at one point Gaines and Brown held the shotgun to the adult female’s head and pulled the trigger multiple times to try to kill her, however the gun malfunctioned.
After roughly 50 minutes of being held hostage, the 12-year-old was able to escape and got a neighbor to call 911 for help. The suspects then fled the scene stealing money and electronics. After meeting with witnesses and gathering evidence, police obtained three search and seizure warrants for residences and three arrest warrants for Gaines, Flowers, and Brown.
Two days later, officers with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team (CAT) established surveillance on a residence in the 11000 block of San Domingo Road, where an ongoing drug distribution investigation had been taking place prior to the home invasion. Multiple subjects were seen arriving at this residence, and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at the residence. Gaines and Flowers were found hiding inside, and the search resulted in the seizure of an amount of crack cocaine indicative of distribution, a digital scale, cash, cell phones, and a rifle. The primary resident, 59-year-old Craig Gibson, was also home at the time of the search, and it was learned that he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to being a convicted felon. It was also learned that Gibson frequently allowed drug dealers to use his house as a drug house to manufacture and sell CDS.
Through further investigation, it was determined that the shotgun that was used in the home invasion was likely found in the vicinity of the San Domingo Road residence. Another search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed on the home on Friday. Gibson was found on the property at the time and taken into custody on an arrest warrant for events the night before. Police determined that Gibson helped with the home invasion by providing the shotgun used in the incident, and a shotgun was found hidden in a shed on the back of the property during this search.
Two additional search warrants were executed in Mardela Springs, relating to the home invasion. Gaines, Flowers, and Gibson were all arrested on numerous charges including home invasion, burglary, kidnapping, first and second degree assault, armed robbery, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, theft, and firearm in the use of a violent crime. Gibson was also charged with numerous conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges. All three are being held without bond at this time.
Police say Brown is still wanted on home invasion charges. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Cpl. Bennett at 410-548-4898 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.