August trial date set for Comcast armed robbery suspects

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: July 14, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

PRINCE GEORGE – The man and woman who Prince George Police say held up the former location of the county’s Comcast service center at gunpoint in September of last year are expected to go on trial in August on a host of felony charges.

According to court records, 33-year-old Lynette Morse of Prince George and 36-year-old Ricky Taylor of Hopewell are scheduled to go on trial on August 22 in Prince George County Circuit Court for their alleged role in an armed robbery at the Comcast service center along East Whitehill Road just before the Labor Day holiday.

Two armed suspects donning masks approached two Comcast staffers at the office just before 2:30 on Saturday, September 1, 2018 and used their firearms to force them back inside the building, ordering them to open the business’ safe before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.

Neither of the Comcast employees were injured and the location is no longer used by the telecommunications provider as the company opted to close the center months later.

Eluding authorities for nearly a year, Prince George County Police announced in the spring of 2019 they had identified and charged both Morse and Taylor with two counts of armed robbery, four counts of using a firearm while committing a felony, abduction, conspiracy, along with a charge of wearing a mask.

Taylor faces an additional charge of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

At the time of Prince George Police’s naming of the pair as suspects in the armed robbery, both Morse and Taylor were behind bars in Henrico County after, according to court records, being arrested on February 18.

Those records reveal Morse is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, conspiracy to abduct by force/intimidation and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

As for Taylor, Henrico court records detail his charges in that jurisdiction as including abduction by force/intimidation, possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon, unauthorized use for a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, falsely identifying himself to authorities and being a fugitive from justice.

During a hearing in May, court records show all of the charges against both Morse and Taylor had been dismissed in connection with their February arrest. That same month in Prince George, trail dates for both suspects had been set for August 22. Both are expected to have a pre-trial hearing on July 16 in the county’s circuit court ahead of next month’s trial.

Court records show a July 10 extradition hearing is scheduled for Taylor to likely be returned to Prince George County and Riverside Regional Jail for prosecution.

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