“They did a fantastic job,” Horner said in the hallway of the Portsmouth Police Department Thursday afternoon. “They worked hard this whole week.”
Officers apprehended Maxwell McGuire, 24, in the 1800 block of Wayne Avenue.
“He was in a 1996 white Oldsmobile,” Detective Andy Dawes said. “Myself and a member of the Drug Unit were over at Mr. McGuire’s residence waiting on Greenup County to get a search warrant for his residence. Our newest addition to the Drug Unit, Josh Justice, was the one who actually spotted Mr. McGuire here in the city. Justice observed him and followed him until Detective (Steve) Timberlake and myself were able to get next to Josh. At that point Josh was the one who actually initiated his lights in the 1800 block of Wayne, and that’s how we were able to make the arrest.”
Dawes was asked if police were looking at McGuire as a potential suspect in the armed robbery of a Papa John’s Pizza delivery person, Matthew Howbert around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday since that suspect was described as wearing a black hoodie, similar to the one witnesses described the armed assailant was wearing in the Speedway robbery shortly after midnight Monday morning. “We are looking into that,” Dawes said. “That’s one of the things we want to talk to him about.”
Dawes said McGuire will be arraigned this morning in Portsmouth Municipal Court.
Frank Lewis may be reached at (740) 353-3101 Ext. 232.