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Published on: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Homicide detective prevents likely homicide

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Detective Mike Ebaugh was leaving the Prince George’s County Police Department District III station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park when he heard what he calls a wail for help.  

Ebaugh got into his car and rolled down all of the windows to follow the noise. As he approached the corner of Allendale Drive and Barlowe Road, he heard what he describes as metal hitting an object. Moments later, he witnessed the suspect strike a nearly lifeless man with a shovel to the head. 

With no time to call for backup, Ebaugh drew his handgun and ordered the suspect to stop, just as the suspect was poised to hit the victim once again. The suspect complied with the detective’s orders and surrendered. Ebaugh called for backup and for emergency help for the victim.

The victim remained in the hospital as of Monday afternoon.  

The 48 year-old suspect, David Eugene Hamilton, of Palmer Park, is charged with first-degree assault.

Ebaugh is an eight-year veteran of the Police Department.

Police seek bank robbery suspect

Prince George’s County Police Department is searching a suspect who targeted the Capitol One Bank in the 1000 block of Largo Center Drive on Saturday.

The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect walked into the bank at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday. He passed a note to a teller implying he had a weapon and demanded cash. The teller complied. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt during the robbery.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call PGPD Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to to submit a tip online. A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case.

— From police reports

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