MOTORCYCLE CRASH: On Aug. 28 at 2:23 p.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to the 8300 block of Chapel Point Road in Bel Alton for the report of a motorcycle crash. Investigation revealed the operator, Carson Bradley Jeffers, 36, of King George, Va., was traveling south on Chapel Point Road on a 2004 Honda CBR 1000 when a bug struck his face shield. As Jeffers attempted to clear the bug off of his shield, he drifted off the right side of the roadway and lost control. He was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered incapacitating but non-life-threatening injuries. Jeffers was transported by ambulance to Civista Medical Center. Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash and no charges will be filed. Officer R. Glover of the Traffic Operations Unit investigated.
ASSAULT: On Aug. 28 at 3:10 a.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to the 300 block of Goose Creek Drive in La Plata for the report of a disorderly person. Upon arrival, officers found Tommy Delonte Bell, 25, of La Plata outside yelling and cursing. Officers ordered him several times to quite down and go inside his residence but he refused. Officers attempted to take Bell into custody but he resisted and a struggle ensued, during which Bell attempted to grab Sgt. D. Bacons firearm. Bell was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with second-degree assault, attempt to disarm law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, failure to obey lawful order and resisting arrest. Bell was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before the district court commissioner. Officer D. Behm investigated.
ARMED ROBBERY: On Aug 28 at 1:33 a.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to Wendys located at 2040 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed an employee, a 25-year-old Waldorf man, had left the business and was walking to his vehicle when he was approached by the suspect, a black male wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun. The suspect ordered the employee to open the business and safe. The employee complied and the suspect stole cash and fled the scene. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriffs Office at 301-932-7777. Officer C. Shaw is investigating.
ARMED ROBBERY: On Aug. 26 at 11:29 a.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to Waldorf Liquors located at 2276 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed three black male suspects, two who were brandishing handguns, entered the business and ordered the employees, a 55-year-old Suitland man and a 31-year-old Waldorf man, to lie on the floor. The suspects stole cash from the registers and a safe and stole the employees wallets and cell phones. They fled the scene in a gray older-model Ford Thunderbird. A fourth suspect and a black Cadillac Eldorado may also be involved. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. K. Moody at 301-609-6514.
HATE CRIME: Sometime between 1 p.m. Aug. 25 and 1 p.m. Aug. 26, suspect(s) spray painted KKK in orange on a well house in front of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse located on Chapel Point Road in Port Tobacco. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriffs Office at 301-932-2222. Officer D. Sylvestre is investigating.
FLEEING POLICE: On Aug. 25 at 3:36 a.m., Officer R. Garrett observed a vehicle on Mitchell Road in La Plata drive through a red traffic signal, then continue north on Crain Highway. She activated her emergency equipment but the driver did not stop and attempted to turn onto Rhodes Way, where the vehicle struck a curb and became disabled. The driver, John Wesley Lyles, 38, of White Plains, was apprehended and found to be intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding, speeding and driving through a red signal. He is being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before the district court commissioner.
FLEEING POLICE: On Aug. 24 at 11:49 p.m., Officer W. Christian observed a white 1994 Chrysler sedan traveling east on Berry Road in Waldorf at a high rate of speed. He broadcast a description of the vehicle, turned around and attempted to locate and stop it. Officer M. Thompson was nearby and observed the vehicle on Berry Road near Marsh Hawk Drive and activated his emergency equipment. The Chrysler stopped in a parking lot where the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot toward Snow Owl Court. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Officers have identified the suspect as a 26-year-old Fort Washington man. Their investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriffs Office at 301-932-7777. Officer M. Thompson is investigating.
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On June 10 at 2:07 a.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to St. Patricks Drive and St. Phillips Drive in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed the front seat passenger, Thomas Edward Murphy, 25, of White Plains grabbed the steering wheel of the 2004 Mazda 3 while it was in motion and caused the vehicle to strike the curb. The vehicle crossed the center line, struck the opposite curb, left the roadway and struck two trees. The driver, a 22-year-old Waldorf woman, sustained minor injures and refused medical treatment. Murphy was not injured.
On July 27, the investigating officer obtained a criminal summons charging Murphy with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and destruction of property valued over $500. He was served the summons Aug. 31. Officer G. Barnhart investigated.