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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.

ARMED ROBBERY: On Sept. 16 at 3:15 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the Huntington Recreational Center located at 3281 Huntington Circle in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed a 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were at the playground when three male suspects, one who brandished a gun, approached them and demanded the man’s belongings. The man complied and the suspects fled on foot toward Heathcote Road. Officers conducted a search of the area but the suspects were not located. The suspects were described as two black males wearing black ski masks and one white male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a black ski mask. Anyone with any 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. Officer T. Yates is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Sept. 16 at 12:33 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to O’Neil’s Music located at 3027 Festival Way in Waldorf for an intrusion alarm. Upon arrival, officers discovered the front window had been shattered. Investigation revealed suspect(s) attempted to steal two musical keyboards valued at $3,000 each but were unsuccessful. Nothing appeared to be missing. Anyone with any 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. Officer D. Benthin is investigating.

ROBBERY: On Sept. 15 at 11:06 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed a 34-year-old man delivered a pizza to a residence in the 1700 block of Brightwell Court in Waldorf. As he returned to his vehicle, he was approached by three male suspects who assaulted him. One suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money. The man complied and gave the suspects an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects fled on foot toward Bannister Circle. The suspects are described as black males in their early teens or late twenties. One suspect was wearing a black beanie-style cap with white letters on it, a black jacket and pants. Another suspect was wearing a dark gray shirt with gray blue-jeans and the other suspect was wearing all black clothing. 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. Officer J. Riffle is investigating.

THEFT/VEHICLE PURSUIT: On Sept. 14 at 10:43 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to EB Games located at 3067 Waldorf Market Place in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. A lookout was broadcast for a male suspect who fled the scene on a blue motorcycle and was reportedly armed with a gun. Cpl. W. Welch located and attempted to stop two motorcycles on Route 301 near Smallwood Drive. One of the motorcycles stopped and the other, which matched the description of the suspect motorcycle, fled to University Drive near Greystone Circle before stopping. The driver fled on foot but was quickly apprehended. He was identified as Thomas Darryl Strong, 32, of White Plains and was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing and eluding and was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. Officers determined neither motorcycle driver had been involved in the reported armed robbery. Cpl. J. Jones investigated.

Detectives investigating the armed robbery later discovered the robbery suspect entered the store and asked a clerk to show him three Zune media players and a cell phone. After the clerk placed the items on the counter, the suspect asked to see another item. When the clerk turned around, the suspect put the other media players in his jacket, left the store and fled on a blue motorcycle. The clerk reported the incident as an armed robbery but detectives discovered no weapon was used. It appears to be a shoplifting incident. The suspect is described as a black male between 25 and 35 years old. He was wearing a blue motorcycle helmet, black motorcycle jacket, a long white T-shirt and black pants. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-609-6513 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Det. C. Shankster is investigating.

ROBBERY: On Sept. 13 at 7:15 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed two Waldorf boys, ages 13 and 14, were walking on Streamview Drive near Alcorn Lane in Waldorf when they were approached by three male suspects who demanded one of the boy’s T-shirts. When the boy refused, two of the suspects attacked him while the other suspect tackled the other boy and held him down. The first boy surrendered his shirt and the suspects fled on foot. No one was injured. Officers later identified the suspects. Two have been charged as juveniles with robbery and were released to their guardians. Robbery charges are pending against the third. Officer E. Baker investigated.

VEHICLE CRASH: On Sept. 9 at 10:10 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to Charles Street near Bel Alton Newtown Road in La Plata for the report of a vehicle crash. Investigation revealed a Chrysler Pacifica driven by Andrew Renard Jackson, 19, of Waldorf was speeding when he crossed a double yellow line while attempting to pass another vehicle. Jackson lost control and struck a curb. His vehicle went airborne, struck the Calvary Grace Church sign and landed upside a short distance away. Jackson and his five passengers – males between the ages of 16 and 20 – sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Three were transported to Prince George’s County Hospital Center by a Maryland State Police helicopter, one was transported to Civista Medical Center and two were treated on the scene by Emergency Medical Services personnel and were released. Officer D. Brady is investigating.

ASSAULT: On Aug. 30 at 4:25 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to a residence in the 6100 block of Foster Lane in Hughesville for the report of an assault. Investigation revealed a 24-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy were arguing about driveway access when he punched her in the face, ran into his residence and returned with a shotgun. He pointed the weapon at the woman and several passengers in her vehicle. When the victim attempted to flee in her vehicle, the accused entered his family’s vehicle, which had been blocking the driveway, and attempted to force her vehicle off the roadway. Officers located and arrested the boy and charged him with reckless endangerment, first- and second-degree assault, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, driving an unregistered motor vehicle and driving without a license. He was charged as a juvenile and was being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility. Officer D. Benthin investigated.

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