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Charles County Sheriff's Reports


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

BURGLARY/DRUG ARREST: On April 8 at 11:30 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer A. St. Germain was patrolling Scotch Hills Place in Waldorf when he observed two male suspects run out of a residence under construction. Officer St. Germain exited his vehicle and quickly apprehended one of the suspects, William Henry Garrison, 21, of Waldorf. Additional officers arrived on the scene, conducted a search of the surrounding unoccupied residences and apprehended the second suspect, Dominique Dwayne Barnes, 18, of Waldorf. Further investigation revealed Barnes was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Barnes and Garrison were charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary. Barnes was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men were being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On April 8 at 9:20 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 1000 block of St. Ignatius Drive in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed two male suspects assaulted a 16-year-old Waldorf boy in a parking lot and stole his wallet. The suspects are described as black males, approximately 18 or 19 years old. They are about 5 feet 9 inches tall and were wearing all black clothing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-7777 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Officer W. Halt is investigating.

BURGLARY: On April 8 at 3:04 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer A. St. Germain responded to the Hughesville Post Office located at 15485 Prince Frederick Road for the report of a burglary. A witness observed someone break into the post office and flee on a bicycle. The suspect was described as a black male wearing all black clothing. Upon arrival, Officer St. Germain discovered a rear window had been shattered in a burglary attempt. Officer R. Brooks was en route to the post office when he saw a man matching the description of the suspect and stopped him. The officer discovered the man had a brown work glove that matched a glove left at the scene. Clifton Jerome Goldring, 46, of Bryantown was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and destruction of property valued at less than $500. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

SUICIDAL SUBJECT: On April 7 at 5:53 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 12100 block of Acton lane in Waldorf for the report of a suicidal person. Officers secured the scene and investigation revealed a 21-year-old Waldorf man was armed with a knife and threatening to jump off a three-story building located near a gravel pit. Sgt. J. Budd spoke to the victim and by 6:16 p.m. was able to convince him to drop the knife and come down. The victim was transported to Civista Medical Center for an emergency evaluation.

ARMED ROBBERY: On April 6 at 12:40 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the Mattawoman BP located at 2050 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed two male suspects entered the store wearing masks. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and they forced their way behind the counter. They attempted unsuccessfully to open the cash register and fled the scene. Two employees that were working fled the store and were not harmed. The suspects were seen getting into a black Ford Explorer driven by a third person. The vehicle fled north on Crain Highway toward Prince George’s County. No further description could be provided and no items were stolen during the robbery. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's office at 301-932-7777 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Detective Y. Austin is investigating.

DUI: On April 5 at 12:40 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer R. Brooks stopped a vehicle on Smallwood Drive for illegally changing lanes at the traffic light on southbound Crain Highway in Waldorf. Officer Brooks found the driver was intoxicated and did not have a license. The driver, Joseph Michael Burkhard III, 24, of Waldorf was arrested and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia, brass knuckles and cocaine. Burkhard was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and driving a motor vehicle on a revoked license. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

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