Charles County Sheriff's Reports - Southern Maryland Headline News

Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

STRONG ARM ROBBERY: On Oct. 25 at 2:35 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to Wakefield Circle and Gothic Court in Waldorf for the report of a strong arm robbery. Investigation revealed the victim, a 19-year-old Waldorf man, was approached by two suspects who asked him for a cigarette. One of the suspects punched the victim in the face, while the second suspect stole the victim’s black book bag.

The suspects fled the scene on foot. They are described as white males wearing white T-shirts. They are between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 18 and 20 years of age.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-7777. Officer S. Kirsch is investigating.

HANDGUN POSSESSION: On Oct. 24 at 8:25 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the parking lot of Burchmart located at 10195B Berry Road in Waldorf for the citizen’s report of a man sitting in a vehicle with a handgun. Officers found the man sitting in a vehicle backed into a parking space in front of the Burchmart. Officer D. Benthin observed the man take a handgun from his waist and place it between the passenger seat and door.

Officers arrested the man without incident and recovered the handgun. He is identified as Deshann Cordell Prophet, 20, of Waldorf. Prophet was charged with possession of a handgun in a vehicle and possession of a handgun on person.

Officer L. Payne investigated.

BUS CRASH: On Oct. 24 at 3:37 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to Smallwood Drive and Stone Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a bus crash. Investigation revealed a Childtime Learning Center bus driven by Angela Renee Carey, 39, of California, Md., was on Stone Avenue attempting to cross Smallwood Drive when it failed to yield the right of way to a Ford Ranger traveling east on Smallwood Drive. The Ranger, driven by James Grimes, 36, of Waldorf, struck the bus, which overturned onto its driver’s side.

The bus was transporting four children between 6 and 8 years of age. A 6-year-old child was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Grimes was flown by the same Maryland State Police helicopter to Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar Unit. They both had non-life-threatening injuries and were released from the hospital the following day.

Carey and the three other children were transported by ambulance to Civista Medical Center with minor injuries.

The occupants of both vehicles were restrained by seatbelts.

The preliminary cause of the crash appears to be driver error.

Officer R. Williams of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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