Annapolis Woman Charged with Obstruction of Justice in Attempted Murder Case of Harwood Victim
A 33-year-old woman from Annapolis was arrested on Monday for obstruction of justice and charges related to witness tampering. According to a media release from Lt. T.J. Smith, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the woman, Stacie Elizabeth Roberts, of Fairglen Lane in Annapolis, was attempting to get a person to kill the victim/witness in her boyfriend’s attempted murder trial.
The suspect in the murder trial, Savvas Pantelides, is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center awaiting trial.
The victim in that case is a Harwood man who was shot on January 20 along Silopanna Road in Annapolis.
Let’s go back to January. That is when Annapolis City Police were called to 20 Silopanna Road for a report of an armed robbery. When they arrived, they found Brett Shumaker, 32, suffering from gunshot wounds. He reported to police that he was walking on a footbridge when he was approached by two men. One pointed a gun at Shumaker and demanded his belongings. After a fight, Shumaker was shot in the right arm. He was taken to the hospital. Later, he was charged with drug and paraphernalia possession.
Annapolis City Police worked the investigation and in March arrested Pantelides and Maurice Hall, 26, both of Annapolis. Pantelides is the cousin of Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, which was confirmed earlier in a statement by the Mayor’s office.
Anne Arundel County Police detectives got a tip that a woman was asking about trying to kidnap and kill a witness. County police worked with Annapolis police to launch an investigation, according to the release.
The police investigation revealed that Roberts was asking to have the victim — who is the primary witness against Pantelides — kidnapped so that he wouldn’t be able to appear at trial and testify.
Police said that “on May 5, a detective, posing as an outlaw motorcycle gang associate, met with Roberts. The detective spoke to Roberts about what she wanted done. Roberts insisted on several occasions that she didn’t want the victim to appear to court. Roberts gave the detective the victim’s name, physical description and address. She also offered cash ($1,600.00) and prescription pills to have the victim killed,” according to the release.
When Roberts exited the vehicle, members of the Police Department’s Special Operations Section took her into custody.
“Our primary consideration in this case was the protection of the victim and state’s witness,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis. “Her plot was an assault against our nation’s criminal justice system and we are its defenders.”
The release said that after consulting with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, the suspect was charged with Obstruction of Justice (Misdemeanor, carries penalty of up to 5 years/$10,000 fine), Induce/Inhibit Testimony (Misdemeanor, carries up to 5 years/$5,000 fine) and Induce/Inhibit Testimony Felony Offense (Felony, up to 20 years).
If anyone has any additional information on this case, please contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Intelligence Section at 410-222-3030.