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Charles County Police Report


SUICIDAL SUBJECT: On May 1 at 4:16 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers and La Plata Town Police Officers responded to Civista Medical Center at 701 Charles Street in La Plata for the suicidal patient threatening to jump off the roof. Investigation revealed the patient, a 55-year-old Waldorf man, was attempting to leave the hospital when a nurse confronted him and attempted to keep him from leaving. The patient assaulted the nurse and retrieved a broom, which he used to keep people away. The patient then broke out a window and climbed onto the roof of the emergency department, where he threatened to jump. Two officers spoke to the patient while two officers went to the roof, including a hostage negotiator from the Sheriff's Office. After several minutes, the patient allowed the negotiator onto the roof to talk. Several more minutes later, the negotiator was able to escort the patient away from the edge of the roof and back into the hospital. A patrol officer completed an emergency petition and the patient was left in the care of Civista. Officers D. Walker and E. Scuderi are investigating.

VEHICLE PURSUIT: On May 1 at 12:13 a.m., Officer J. Martin attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 8500 block of Port Tobacco Road in Port Tobacco for speeding. The driver slowed the vehicle to the speed limit but refused to stop. The driver continued to reduce his speed and eventually stopped in a driveway in the 8200 block of Woody Road in Port Tobacco and was apprehended without incident. Investigation revealed the driver, Michael Anthony Balenger, 22, of Charlotte Hall, was intoxicated. Balenger was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence, Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving and Speeding. Balenger is being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Officer J. Martin investigated.

ARMED ROBBERY: On April 30 at 10:06 p.m., three suspects approached a 20-year-old Waldorf man sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot in the 11300 block of Golden Eagle Place in Waldorf. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded money. The victim complied. The suspect then assaulted the victim and reached into his vehicle and stole his cellular phone. The suspects then fled the scene. The suspects are described as black males between 14 and 18 years old. One suspect was wearing a white tank top and dark pants. Another suspect was wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-7777. Officer D. Almassy is investigating.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE: On April 30 at 9:40 a.m., Officer M. Thompson conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on St. Charles Parkway at Gallery Place in Waldorf for failure to display a front tag. Investigation revealed the driver, Gray Rachard Arrington, 23, of Bowie, was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Cpl. C. Roberts, his K9 partner Ike and a Maryland State Police K9 trooper responded to the scene to assist. When Cpl. Roberts asked Arrington to exit the vehicle so the K9s could conduct a search, Arrington attempted the flee on foot. Cpl. Roberts and the trooper attempted to arrest Arrington but he resisted and assaulted the officers. Arrington was subdued and a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana. Arrington was charged with two counts of Second Degree Assault, Attempt to Elude Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Displaying an Expired Registration Plate, Driving an Unregistered Vehicle and Failure to Attach Plates at the Front and Rear. Arrington is being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Officers Thompson and D. Gross investigated.

ARMED ROBBERY: On April 29 at 11:45 p.m., a 31-year-old Waldorf woman was entering her vehicle in the parking lot of Food Lion at 3200 Old Washington Road in Waldorf when she noticed a man approaching her vehicle from the rear. The woman entered her vehicle and attempted to lock the door but the suspect opened the driver's side door, brandished a handgun and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene on foot with the victim's purse. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a black male between 27 and 32 years old and between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a dark green shirt and has short hair and no facial hair. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-7777. Officer D. Almassy 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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