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Police allege Annapolis mayor's cousin involved in robbery plot that led to shooting

Police charging documents released Friday allege that the Annapolis mayor's cousin and an associate lured another man into woods to be robbed in January — an incident that ultimately led to the man being shot.

Savvas Andre Pantelides, the 24-year-old cousin of Mayor Mike Pantelides, and Maurice Anthony Hall Jr., 26, have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery and other charges in connection with the Jan. 20 shooting.

In a statement of charges filed in the case, Annapolis police say the victim told them two friends named "Sylas" and "Mo" picked him up and drove him to Annapolis to attend a party.

Charging documents state that the car was parked at the Chesapeake Children's Museum in Annapolis, and the two men told the victim the party was in a house down a path on the other side of the museum.

Once on the path, they encountered two other men — one with a gun and the other with a knife — who asked the victim for his valuables, according to charging documents. The victim resisted and was shot multiple times, and told police his acquaintances left without helping him or calling 911, according to charging documents. He was later treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Four days after the shooting, the victim was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of controlled dangerous substances, intent to distribute and other charges related to items recovered at the time of the shooting, police said.

Police say in charging documents they believe the men identified as Sylas and Mo are Pantelides and Hall, respectively, and they state that the day after the incident, detectives interviewed Pantelides, who claimed to have blacked out and didn't remember details of the robbery. According to the documents, police say that Pantelides asked detectives, "If you set up someone, how long could you face for jail time?"

Pantelides, whose first name is spelled as "Saavas" in court documents in this case, and Hall were due for bail review hearings Friday. They initially were held without bail after being arrested Thursday and were held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis.

Neither man has an attorney listed in online court records. The acting city attorney for Annapolis, Timothy Murnane, was at police headquarters Thursday when Pantelides was there, according to Rhonda Wardlaw, the mayor's spokeswoman. Wardlaw said Murnane was not there on official city business. Murnane has not responded to requests for comment from The Baltimore Sun.

Capt. Scott Williams, commander of criminal investigations for the Annapolis Police, issued a statement saying Murnane was allowed to visit Savvas Pantelides for "personal reasons." Detectives were present during the visit, police said.

"In this instance, it was an accommodation to allow a brief visit. The visit occurred prior to Mr. Pantelides being transported to the court commissioner."

The mayor said Friday that neither he nor the city attorney is officially involved in the case. The mayor said he expects no special treatment of his cousin because he's a relative.

The mayor, who heard about the arrest from his uncle, said he was "very sad" to see his cousin in trouble with the law. "We're family, we stick together, so it's sad to see him go through that," the mayor said.

Police have not identified the two men who allegedly carried out the robbery. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Amy Miguez said anyone with information may contact Detective Michael Prout at 410-268-9000 or msprout@annapolis.gov.

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