Barricade incident in Crisfield ends after it starts in Baltimore County

CRISFIELD — On June 14, the State Police and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were requested by the Baltimore County Police Department to assist with locating fugitive Richard T. Sterling Sr., 47, who was wanted on charges of kidnapping, first and second degree assault, robbery, and theft.

 

The incident allegedly occurred earlier that morning where Sterling stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore County and then fled to Crisfield.

 

Later, at approximately 6:10 p.m. officers responded to 230 Somers Cove in Crisfield, where they attempted to take Sterling into custody. Instead he barricaded himself inside the apartment on the second floor and told Investigators that he had a knife and was going to kill himself or anyone who came upstairs.

 

After several hours of negotiations, Sterling exited his residence holding a fixed blade knife which he refused to drop as requested by law enforcement personnel on scene.

 

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was on scene and deployed less lethal tactics which caused Sterling to comply with orders, and drop the knife. At approximately 8:42 p.m. Sterling was taken into custody without further incident.

 

Sterling was taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center where he was being held without bond.

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