Arrest Made in Charles County Home Invasion - Southern Maryland Headline News

Arrest Made in Charles County Home Invasion

Detectives with the Charles County Sheriff's Office have arrested a suspect involved in a home invasion robbery earlier this month.

On July 14 at 8:30 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton for the report of a victim being treated for injuries sustained during a home invasion in Charles County. Investigation revealed the victim, a 25-year-old man, was at his residence in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf when he answered a knock at his door. Two suspects struck the victim in the head several times with a handgun. The suspects tied up the victim inside the residence and forced him into a closet. The suspects stole the victim's money and personal property and fled the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital by a friend.

On July 18, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for James William Sweetney, 40, of southwest Washington, D.C., charging him with attempted murder, armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft valued at more than $500 and reckless endangerment. On July 26 about 6 a.m., detectives and forensic science personnel, with assistance from detectives and an emergency response team from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), executed a search and seizure warrant at Sweetney's residence and located Sweetney there. He was arrested by the MPD and is being held in D.C. on fugitive from justice charges pending extradition to Charles County. He and the victim were acquainted and the incident does not appear to be random.

The case remains under investigation and the second suspect has not been identified. He was described as a bald, black male with a large build and is in his 30s. Anyone with information should contact Det. C. Shankster of the Charles County Sheriff's Department at 301-609-6513.

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