Two men charged with robbing drug informant in Hagerstown

Ryheim Maurice Pearson and Courtney Alexander Bully held in the Washington County Detention Center

April 10, 2011|By DON AINES |

One of two men charged with allegedly robbing a Narcotics Task Force informant during a controlled drug purchase was in the Washington County Detention Center Sunday.

Ryheim Maurice Pearson, 20, no fixed address, was being held without bond on charges of attempted distribution of narcotics, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, making false statements and theft of less than $1,000, according to the statement of probable cause.

Courtney Alexander Bully, 19, a resident of North Spring Apartments on Haven Road in Hagerstown, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and first- and second-degree assault in the incident, which occurred Thursday night at the apartment complex, the charging document said.

The informant met Pearson on West Church Street, at which time Pearson indicated he could get the informant crack cocaine, the charging document said. The informant told Pearson he needed to get money and would meet him later, the document said.

The informant was fitted with an electronic monitoring device and $160 in marked bills, the charging document said. The informant picked up Pearson on Doub Lane, drove to North Spring and gave Pearson $140.

Pearson left the vehicle and returned with Bully, who allegedly put a pellet gun to the informant’s head, the charging document said. Bully demanded the informant hand over all of his cash, the document said.

“He’s got a gun, son,” Pearson said, according to the charging document.

Task force agents moved in and arrested the two men, although a Taser was used on Bully when he tried to run, the charging document said.

Pearson initially gave police a false name, the document said.

Pearson and Bully had bond reviews in District Court Friday. Judge Dana Moylan Wright did not set bail for Pearson and lowered Bully’s bond from $100,000 to $70,000. Bully posted bond Saturday, according to a detention center spokesman.

“I really want to finish high school,” Bully said when Wright asked him about any circumstances that might cause her to consider reducing his bond.

Pearson’s criminal record includes a 2008 robbery conviction, Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told Wright.

The two men are scheduled for preliminary hearings in May.

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