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Charles County Sheriff's Reports


LA PLATA, Md. (November 29, 2007) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 28 at 11:11 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to Bargain Barns located at 8275 Leonardtown Road in Hughesville for an intrusion alarm. Investigation revealed suspect(s) pried open metal siding in back of the building. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole pocket knives and swords and fled the scene. 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 A. Upshaw is investigating.

SHOOTING: On Nov. 28 at 9:51 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to a parking lot in the 2600 block of Husk Place in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim, a 36-year-old Waldorf man, had been shot multiple times and was lying on a sidewalk. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim was robbed by two unknown suspects while he was walking from his vehicle to a building. Officers, a K9 team and U.S. Park Police helicopter Eagle 2 searched the area but the suspects were not located. The victim was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he is in serious condition. 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. Det. S. Fetterolf is investigating.

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On Nov. 27 at 1 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 5200 block of Browns Place in Indian Head for the report of shots fired. Investigation revealed Christopher Lamont Brown, 39, of Indian Head fired a shotgun at four victims. The altercation was a result of an ongoing dispute. Brown fled the scene but was apprehended and charged with reckless endangerment and first-degree assault. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. No one was injured. Officers recovered the shotgun at Brown’s residence. Officer D. Behm investigated.

ARMED ROBBERY: On Nov. 26 at 9:02 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to a citizen’s report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed a 19-year-old Mechanicsville man was in his vehicle in front of JSB Apartments located in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf when a male suspect approached the vehicle on the passenger side. The window was down and the suspect pointed a shotgun at the victim and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect then walked over to a second vehicle, appeared to rob its occupants, and then fled the scene. The suspect is described as a black male, is approximately 30 years old and is 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing jeans, a gray hooded-sweatshirt with the hood pulled up and a red bandana over part of his face. The victim did not immediately report the incident and the other possible victims were not identified. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-7777 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Cpl. M. Clark investigated.

RECOVERED STOLEN HANDGUN: On Nov. 26 at 7:12 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers were investigating the report of a possible attempted armed robbery at the St. Charles Towne Center located at 11110 Mall Circle in Waldorf when they found three possible suspects hiding between sport-utility vehicles in the parking lot. The suspects ran but officers stopped them. As one of the officers approached one of the suspects, the suspect reached into his jacket pocket for a gun. The officer managed to gain control of the weapon and the suspect was arrested and identified as Joe Derrick Young, 19, of Hughesville. During their investigation, officers determined Young had stolen the gun from a Waldorf residence sometime in November. Young was charged with possession of a concealed deadly weapon, first-degree assault, first- and second-degree burglary and theft valued at more than $500 and was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. The robbery attempt remains under investigation.

BURGLARY: Sometime between 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 6 a.m. Nov. 25, suspect(s) stole a 1987 Ford F-150 white utility company truck from the Newburg Service Center parking lot located at 12095 Crain Highway in Newburg. An employee of the business located the vehicle in a wooded lot off an unmarked dirt road in the 11400 block of Edge Hill Road in Faulkner on Nov. 25. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Officer G. Barnhart is investigating.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On Nov. 20 at 1:20 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to a shopping center in the 300 block of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf for the report of a woman attempting to buy drugs. Upon arrival, officers found the woman in possession of marijuana and methodone. She was arrested and during a subsequent search of her vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun and a loaded rifle. The accused, Christie Ann Coberly, 29, of Hudson, Fla., was charged with possession of a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, possession of marijuana, methodone and other drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Coberly was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. Cpl. R. Boggs investigated.

FUGITIVE ARREST: On Nov. 9, the United States Marshal’s Service located and arrested Zoilo Camposano Gaerlan, 30, formerly of Indian Head, for failing to appear in court in Charles County regarding his faliure to register as a sex offender. The U.S. Marshal’s Service began their search for Gaerlan after the Sheriff’s Office discovered Gaerlan may have fled the state. The U.S. Marshals tracked Gaerlan to New Hampshire and then to Hialeah, Fla., where they took him into custody without incident. He is also wanted in Prince George’s County for violating probation on a rape charge and second-degree assault. Gaerlan also faces federal charges in Florida as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. He is being held in Florida without bond.

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