Thursday, August 21, 2008


The newly renovated Americas Best Value Inn of Hancock, MD is located only 5 miles from both West Virginia and Pennsylvania at the narrowest point of Maryland. This charming, quaint 22 Guest room Inn is positioned on a picturesque hill of the Appalachian Mountains, near the banks of the Potomac River.

Hancock, Maryland: Historic main street

James A. Prevatt III (Submitted photo/)

The scene Thursday morning at the Americas Best Value Inn in Hancock where a hostage situation started late Wednesday night. (Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer)

The Washington County SRT armored vehicle approaches Americas Best Value Inn Thursday in Hancock. (Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer)

Suspect Holds Pregnant Woman Hostage at Maryland Motel
Associated Press / Thursday, August 21, 2008

HANCOCK, Md. — A burglary suspect wanted in four states remained holed up Thursday in a western Maryland motel, and doctors were standing by in case a woman believed to be his pregnant girlfriend gave birth, police said.

The standoff began around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when state troopers and sheriff's deputies went to the America's Best Value Inn on Md. 522 in Hancock to arrest 26-year-old James A. Prevatt III, Maryland State police spokesman Greg Shipley said.

Shipley said Prevatt threatened to kill a woman in the room with him and any officers who tried to arrest him.

The woman is thought to be Prevatt's 21-year-old girlfriend, and Shipley said she is believed to be eight- to eight-and-a-half-months pregnant. Authorities don't know if Prevatt is the baby's father. A team of physicians from Johns Hopkins Hospital was standing by to handle any medical emergency, including childbirth, Shipley said.

Troopers and deputies evacuated about 12 of the 20 rooms in the one-story red brick motel where other guests were staying. Md. 522 was blocked in both directions near the motel, where a sign advertises room rates at $45 and up.

Prevatt is wanted in Maryland, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Virginia on burglary and larceny charges, Shipley said. Police did not know if he was armed, but Shipley said some of the burglaries involved the theft of firearms.


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