Thursday, June 7, 2018

Store owner thanks Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Kumar Ohri

On a December evening last year, two masked men entered a liquor store, robbed and assaulted its owner. Kumar Ohri, owner of Centre Liquors in Leonardtown, was hit in the head with a liquor bottle which required medical treatment.
The two culprits were later caught, jailed and charged and are awaiting trial.
Ohri was invited to the June 6, 2018 meeting of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Advisory Board to express his appreciation for the law-enforcement response.
“I want to say thank you very much,” Ohri told Sheriff Tim Cameron and advisory board members. “The community helps us a lot.”  
After the Dec. 5, 2017 robbery, many members of the community came to the store to offer whatever help they could, Ohri said. “They hug me. They say, ‘Thank you. God save you,’” he said.
In the Sheriff’s Office response to the robbery, Sheriff Cameron said, “We sent a clear message – not here” in St. Mary’s County.   
Lamont Luther Johnson of Clinton and Warren Duane Hayes of Washington D.C. were both charged with robbery, first-degree assault and several other offenses.  
Having since recovered from his injuries, Ohri said, “Now I can work” and the stress from the robbery has passed.
Detective Melissa Hulse led the Sheriff’s Office investigation into the robbery.