CHESTERTOWN — Police here on Tuesday afternoon served an arrest warrant charging a Church Hill man with the armed robbery of two female waitresses Jan. 4 at Uncle Charlie’s Bistro.
After reviewing surveillance video, the owner of the High Street restaurant identified a former busboy, 40-year-old Vontay’e Lamonte Gilbert, as the alleged robber, according to court documents.
As a former employee, Gilbert was familiar with the working and layout of the restaurant, Detective Chris Pavon wrote in the statement of charges.
Also, a woman whom police identified as Gilbert’s girlfriend/fianceé was fired from the restaurant the day before the robbery, according to court records.
In re-interviews of the waitresses on Jan. 9, they separately picked out Gilbert as the stickup-man. They identified Gilbert after viewing photographs on social media, though they had not been told he was a suspect, according to charging documents.
Gilbert was apprehended at his home in the 300-block of Main Street in Church Hill without incident about 2 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. John Dolgos, acting chief of the Chestertown Police Department.
Gilbert is charged with robbery, armed robbery, theft, assault, reckless endangerment and a felon using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
He allegedly pointed a handgun at both of the waitresses during the robbery, and then held the gun at the back of the head of one of the waitresses, according to charging documents.
No injuries were reported.
Gilbert is being held in the Kent County Detention Center without bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10 in the District Court for Kent County. At that time a judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe that Gilbert committed the offenses.
The robbery of Uncle Charlie’s Bistro, in the 800-block of High Street, was reported Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9:40 p.m. as waitresses were closing for the night.
According to police, a man, subsequently identified as Gilbert, entered the restaurant through an unlocked back door in the area of the kitchen. The only people still there were the two waitresses in the dining area, police said.
The waitresses described the man as African American, about 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall and of a stocky build. He was wearing a black cloth, possibly a T-shirt, tied around his face, clear safety-type glasses and light gray-colored gloves with coated palms and fingers.
The man brandished a handgun and demanded money from the waitresses. His take was about $500, according to charging documents.
The robber fled on foot.
K-9 Loki and his handler Cpl. Scott Lockerman of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office tracked the scent to the parking lot of nearby Kent Crossing Apartments, but the track stopped there, according to police.
In charging documents, Gilbert is listed as 5-foot-7 and weighing 215 pounds.
Police report that Gilbert voluntarily left his job at Uncle Charlie’s Bistro. He subsequently was hired by a building materials distributor in the area that provides gloves to its employees that match the gloves worn by the suspect in this robbery, according to charging documents.
Detective Pavon said in the application for charges that the Kent County Narcotics Task Force had been told by two “credible certified confidential informants” that Gilbert committed the robbery.
The drug task forces of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police assisted Chestertown police with the arrest.