NORTH EAST — A man wanted on outstanding arrest warrants surrendered himself to police early Sunday night, ending an approximately four-hour-long standoff that started when he allegedly armed himself with a gun inside a North East-area residence, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators identified the suspect as Jeremiah Johnson Bedwell, 28, of Elkton.
The incident at the residence in the 200 block of Irishtown Road started at about 2:30 p.m., shortly after CCSO deputies had arrived there to serve “multiple warrants” on Bedwell, reported Lt. Michael Holmes, an agency spokesman.
Holmes said CCSO wanted Bedwell on three outstanding warrants, including two filed by the Elkton Police Department.
On Friday, EPD investigators had posted a wanted notice on the agency’s Facebook page, asking for the public’s help in locating Bedwell “in reference to felony assault with a weapon.” That notice cautioned, “Bedwell is considered ARMED & DANGEROUS.”
CCSO received a tip regarding Bedwell’s whereabouts Sunday, according to Holmes.
“We had received information that the subject was at that (Irishtown Road) residence. He doesn’t live there, but he frequents the residence. The people at that residence let deputies inside the home. When the deputies went downstairs, the suspect was in a bathroom and he had a long gun in his possession. He didn’t point it at anyone, but he was holding the long gun,” Holmes said, adding that, at that point, the deputies “held their ground” and called for backup.
CCSO negotiators and members of an agency tactical unit — the Special Response Team — rushed to the scene, as did numerous deputies and assisting Maryland State Police troopers, Holmes said. Law enforcement officers surrounded the house, he added.
More than 20 law enforcement vehicles lined Irishtown Road. Emergency workers kept a section of Irishtown Road closed throughout the four-hour-long barricade situation.
The warrant-serving deputies who had remained inside the residence, after observing the gun, talked to Bedwell and tried to convince him to lay down his weapon, according to Holmes. Then some SRT members entered the residence and provided Bedwell with a special phone that allowed him to talk to negotiators who were outside the house, he reported.
“It’s called a ‘throw phone,’ and it’s in a hardshell case,” Holmes said, explaining that a tactical team member got close enough to Bedwell to toss the phone to him.
After talking with negotiators on that phone during the next few hours, Bedwell relinquished his long gun and surrendered himself to deputies, who took him into custody at about 6:30 p.m., according to Holmes, who commented, “No one was injured and it ended peacefully.”
Holmes told the Cecil Whig that CCSO investigators will consult with the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges relating to the standoff will be filed against Bedwell, who remained in custody as of Tuesday.
According to online court records, Bedwell is charged with robbery, second-degree assault, and theft between $100 and $1,500 — along with three mirroring conspiracy charges — in a May 14 incident in Elkton. He was out on $15,000 bail as of May 17.
While out on bail Bedwell was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of ammo, possession of a firearm by a felon, handgun on a person, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and drug and paraphernalia possession, along with some conspiracy charges, in a July 25 incident. Those charges led to EPD’s social media post asking for the public’s help in locating Bedwell.
While in hiding, Bedwell also failed to appear for a July 29 trial for a charge of theft between $100 and $1,500 related to an April 7 incident, resulting in a bench warrant for his arrest, according to court records.