A Frederick County grand jury has indicted a Virginia man on 20 charges in the well-orchestrated daytime robbery of a downtown jewelry store last month, as the hunt for his alleged accomplices has yet to produce any further arrests.
Alonzo Meadows, 32, of Fairfax was indicted Friday on counts of armed robbery, robbery, five counts of first-degree assault, five counts of second-degree assault, theft of more than $100,000, five counts of reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a felony and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, according to court documents.
Meadows could face as much as 285 years in prison, although Frederick County State’s Attorney Charles Smith said that many of the charges would be merged if he were convicted of all the counts.
Meadows is accused of being one of three masked robbers that stole nearly $200,000 in merchandise — including 18 Rolex watches — on Feb. 5 from the Colonial Jewelers at 1 S. Market St., exposing about 10 customers and employees to pepper spray, according to the Frederick Police Department .
Lt. Clark Pennington, a police spokesman, said the search for the other two suspects involved in the robbery is still ongoing.
“[The lead detective on the case] is still following up on leads,” Pennington said Tuesday.
In mid-February, police identified what appeared to be an Infiniti or Nissan Altima in connection with the holdup. The newer model vehicle was seen leaving the area at high speed immediately after the robbery and was last seen going east on East Church Street, police said.
Pennington said police are still seeking information about the car from the public.
Meadows was arrested Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C., while driving a black pickup truck that matched the description of another vehicle used in the robbery.
He waived his extradition and was transported back to Frederick on Feb. 8 to face 19 charges, police said.
Smith said the firearm possession charge was added later by his office.
“It’s not uncommon for us to add or subtract charges,” he said.
He is being held without bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, authorities said.
As of Tuesday, Meadows was scheduled to appear in Frederick County Circuit Court on April 12 for an arraignment hearing, according to online court records.
The truck in which Meadows was found was transported to Frederick, where it was processed for evidence. Police were able to trace the truck to a rental agency in Oxon Hill. They later found a phone number for Meadows, according to court documents.
Investigators were able to trace call data for the cellphone, which was in Frederick at the time of the crime, in locations close to an alley near Carroll Creek Linear Park, where the truck was allegedly parked during the robbery, documents said.
While conducting interviews at the house of a woman identified as Meadow’s girlfriend, detectives found a magazine loaded with ammunition and an AR-15 rifle stamped “law enforcement or government use only” under what was identified as his side of the bed in the house.
They also found four, 30-round magazines, a 10-round magazine and a front handle designed for the rifle, documents said.
Two Frederick detectives were in the vicinity of the jeweler on the day of the robbery, when the police department was notified that the store was being held up at gunpoint, police said.
As Detective Michael Morgan approached the store on foot, he saw several men wearing masks leave the store and run east on Patrick Street, police said.
Morgan chased the men until they got into a black pickup truck with Virginia tags and drove away. He was able to get the license plate number, police said.
During the robbery, the three suspects ordered employees and customers in the store to lie on the floor, while one of the men brandished a handgun. A surveillance video released by police showed the men using a hammer to smash glass in a display case that contained watches.
After removing the merchandise, one of the men squirted pepper spray into the air. Employees and customers who were exposed to it were treated at the scene. There were no other injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Morgan at 301-600-1259 or the tip line at 301-600-TIPS.