Armed Robbery & Assault in Charles

ASSAULT: On April 20 at 11:38 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 10000 block of Crain Highway in Faulkner for the report of an assault in progress occurring on the southbound side of the road. Upon arrival, an officer observed a 77-year-old Port Orange, Fla., man with a metal pipe in his hand and a 78-year-old man with a head injury. The officer ordered the Florida man to drop the pipe, but the man refused. The officer pepper-sprayed the man and subsequently took him into custody. The man was transported to Civista Medical Center for an emergency evaluation. He was later charged with first- and second- degree assault and is being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before the district court commissioner. The victim was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George's General Hospital with serious head injuries.

ARMED ROBBERY: On April 20 at 10:24 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Safeway at 3129 Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road for the armed robbery report. Investigation revealed the suspect was in line at the register to purchase food. When the cashier, a 56-year-old woman, opened the register to provide the suspect with change, the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money. The cashier complied and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a short, stocky black man weighing between 230 and 250 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a dark-colored baseball hat. He has a scar on his left cheek. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-609-6499. Det. T. Miner is investigating.

ARMED ROBBERY: On April 19 at 8:20 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Murphy's Store at 8505 Port Tobacco Road in Port Tobacco for the armed robbery report. Investigation revealed two suspects entered the store, brandished handguns and ordered everyone inside to the floor. The victims complied and the suspects stole money from the cash register and lottery register. The suspects also stole bottles of liquor and packs of cigarettes and then fled the scene. Both suspects are described as black men in their 30s and were wearing black masks, black gloves and black clothing. One suspect has a large build and the other has a medium build. They were possibly driving a white two-door vehicle. The victims - a 54-year-old Coltons Point, Md., man, a 54-year-old Nanjemoy woman, a 70-year-old Port Tobacco woman and a 65-year-old Woodford, Va., man - were not injured. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-609-6514. Det. K. Moody is investigating.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.

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