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Two North Beach men were arrested March 27 on charges including robbery after they allegedly robbed a man after beating him with a pipe.
James P. Foster Jr., 33, and Yuhl R. Dennison Jr., 57, were each charged with armed robbery, robbery, dangerous weapon with intent to injure, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and theft less than $1,000.
Foster and Dennison were released March 28 from the Calvert County Detention Center after posting their $80,000 and $60,000 bonds, respectively.
At 9:40 p.m. March 15, a 40-year-old man called the police reporting that he had just been assaulted and robbed on Kappatos Way and Hardesty Road in Sunderland, according to charging documents. Upon arrival, police said they found the victim’s face “completely covered with blood, as was his neck and chest.”
The victim said an acquaintance had called him because he needed help with a friend’s car that was disabled and needed to be jumped, charging documents state. He said when he got to the area, he pulled up behind a silver sedan on the side of the road, got out of his truck and walked toward the car, when two or three people approached him from behind, police said.
According to charging documents, one of the men had a pipe and hit the victim on the head several times. The victim said he tried to “fight all of the assailants off” as the suspects pulled off his sweatshirt and jacket. The three suspects then took from the victim $700 in cash, his driver’s license and bank card, police said.
EMS personnel told police the victim had been hit on the head at least three times and needed to be flown to shock trauma in Baltimore. The victim had six lacerations to his scalp and forehead, all of which required stitches, charging documents state. His left wrist also was injured but was not fractured, and medical staff told police he had at least one concussion.
At noon the following day, detectives met with the victim, who “appeared to be in a great deal of pain,” police said. He told police he remembered a blue Dodge truck, which belonged to a man named “Roger,” also being parked near the silver sedan.
At 6:55 a.m. March 20, detectives saw a blue 2011 Dodge Ram, which matched the description of one of the suspect vehicles, parked on 3rd Street in North Beach. Maryland motor vehicle records confirmed the truck belonged to Dennison. Detectives took pictures of the truck and showed them to the victim, who positively identified it as one of the vehicles he saw the night of the assault and robbery, charging documents state.
Through investigation, detectives learned several calls for service had been documented at a 3rd Street address, all of which involved people with the last name Dennison. One call for service also involved a person named “Jimmy,” later identified as Preston.
A witness told detectives Preston was the person in the silver sedan and was the person who hit the victim with the pipe, according to charging documents. The witness also said Dennison participated in the assault and robbery, police said.
When shown a photographic lineup containing Dennison’s and Preston’s pictures, the victim positively identified them both as the men who allegedly assaulted him, police said.