ARMED ROBBERY: Charles Sheriff Troy Berry reports arrest of Jose Nery Garcia Guevara in armed robbery and stabbing of cook at Marie’s Diner; Retired Judge Thurman Rhodes allowed low bond

LA PLATA, MD. – The Charles County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of one man alleged to be involved in the attempted armed robbery of Marie’s Diner in LaPlata on the Fourth of July. The detectives involved in the case report the man who was arrested was the driver of the getaway car and now are looking for the alleged dirtbag who was riding shotgun.

As an inducement for anyone who wants to turn in the sidekick to the crime, where the employee of the diner was stabbed in the neck, Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward.

Sheriff Troy Berry reports that on July 4 at 5:15 a.m., two suspects entered Marie’s Diner located on Crain Highway in La Plata and confronted an employee who was getting ready to open the business, announced a robbery, and stabbed the employee in the neck with an unknown object.


Many restaurants keep their back doors unlocked for the convenience of employees during the hours just before and just after closing while the front doors are secured, leaving an easy way for criminals to gain entry.

 The suspects fled in a vehicle without taking any money. The employee sustained a superficial wound to his neck and was treated on the scene. The driver of the vehicle was located a short time later and arrested by patrol officers; the passenger had fled from the car. Detectives are trying to identify the passenger. He is approximately 35-40 years old, and between 5’4” – 5’6” in height; a photograph of the passenger is attached.

The driver, Jose Nery Garcia Guevara, 35, (DOB 5/31/1986) of 10309 Cassidy Court, Waldorf, Maryland, was charged by Detective Abijeet Singh with three felony charges of robbery, first-degree assault, and other related charges.  A preliminary hearing is set for August 3, 2021, in Charles District Court in LaPlata.

When Guevara drives past Maries Diner on the way to his next court date, unless he vanishes, perhaps he can get a whiff of the great pancakes that he may not be able to enjoy for the next ten years while he is making license plates at the Maryland Prison in Jessup, should he be convicted of the charges he faces with only a hapless public defender standing between him and the Big House.

– Is this judge feeble and dangerous?


 In the meantime, the Alice in Wonderland Maryland Judiciary allowed Guevara to be released on July 6, 2021, on an unsecured bond of $5,000.  The nothing-burger bond was set by retired District Court Judge Thurman Rhodes.


Anyone with information about the identity of the passenger is asked to contact Det. A. Singh at 301- 609-6471. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity of the passenger and arrest.

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