Two arrested after crime spree


FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department has arrested two men they say are linked to three April 27 incidents, including an assault on a man, and robberies at a liquor store and car wash.

Charles Francis Thomas, 18, of North Kentucky Avenue, Martinsburg, Md., and James Larry Butler, 20, no fixed address, were charged in the incidents at Willowtree Liquors, Elmwood Terrace Apartments and Willowdale Car Wash.

Police arrested Thomas on May 20 and Butler on May 23, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

The men were being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center in lieu of bond.

Police said a theft and robbery took place on April 27 at Willowtree Liquors, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick. A store employee confronted two men as they attempted to shoplift merchandise, police said. The two men assaulted the clerk and then fled the store with the items, according to police.


At 6:36 p.m., a man was stabbed and sexually assaulted in his Elmwood Terrace apartment. The victim was hospitalized at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

At 8:40 p.m., jewelry was taken in an armed robbery at the Willowdale Car Wash on Md. 40 in Frederick, police said.

Each of the men is charged with:

- Willowtree Liquors: Theft, second-degree assault and robbery.

- Elmwood Terrace Apartments: First-degree sex offense, second-degree sex offense, sodomy, robbery with a deadly weapon (knife), robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon and theft.

- Willowdale Car Wash: robbery with a deadly weapon (handgun), wearing/carrying a handgun, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, robbery and theft.

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