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GREENSBORO — Maryland State Police arrested a wanted fugitive early Friday morning, July 17, following a more than six-hour standoff with law enforcement in Caroline County.

Randy Penkert, 55, of Waldorf had an open warrant for a weapons related probation violation. Penkert was also wanted in Talbot, Prince George’s, Charles counties for theft and fraud related offenses.

According to a preliminary report, at 9:20 p.m. on July 16, after an extensive investigation, the Maryland State Police Warrant Apprehension Team located Penkert, a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office and several county law enforcement agencies. Troopers located Penkert at the Holiday Park Campground, located in the 14600 block of Drapers Mill Road, Goldsboro.

Upon initial contact with troopers, Penkert displayed a handgun, police said. Troopers moved to a safe position and began negotiating with Penkert. A trained negotiator from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in further negotiations with Penkert.

Troopers from the Easton Barracks, the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team, the Maryland State Police Crisis Response Team and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office responded to resolve the incident and safely take Penkert into custody. During negotiations, Penkert continued to threaten harm to the police and himself, police said.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Penkert surrendered to police and was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

According to the preliminary report, troopers recovered a handgun, two rifles, two shotguns and a muzzleloader in Penkert’s camper.

No shots were fired at police or the public.

Penkert is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.

Theresa Lynch of Easton was also arrested by investigators at the scene, police said. She was charged with harboring a fugitive and hindering a police investigation.

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