MSP Reports for Charles County

LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 10, 2008) - The La Plata Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) today released the following incident and arrest reports.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: On January 4, at approximately 1050 hours, Trooper A. Ford was routine patrol in the area of Smallwood Drive, east of Stone Avenue when he observed the driver of a tan Cadillac CTS not restrained by a seat belt. Tpr. Ford initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Darren Jarrel Thompson, 21, of Waldorf. While conversing with Thompson, Tpr. Ford detected an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle. Tpr. Ford conducted a probable cause search of Thompson and his vehicle. The search revealed a plastic freezer bag containing suspected marijuana, located in the truck area of the vehicle. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack for processing. He was then transported to the Charles County Detection Center for further processing. Thompson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance marijuana, did possess a controlled dangerous substance marijuana and did possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia, to wit: plastic freezer bag-paraphernalia, used to pack and contain a controlled dangerous substance, marijuana.

ASSAULT, CONCEALED WEAPONS: On January 6, at approximately 0313 hours, Tpr. R. Wilt was patrolling northbound Maryland Route 301, in the area of Maryland Route 6, when a simulcast was issued for a suspicious man with a weapon at 12615 Crain Highway, Newburg. Upon Tpr. Wilt’s arrival, he discovered Maryland Transportation Authority was on the scene with two males (Eddy Enriques Cornelieo-Lopez, 28 years of Newbury, and a 16 year old juvenile) detained inside the establishment. The store manager advised Tpr. Wilt that the male subjects entered the store in an aggressive manner. Eddy asked for the Manager, Felix S. Vergara, and was told he was watching television in the back. Eddy pulled a pistol from his belt and pointed it to the victim, and told the victim, Felix to sit. The juvenile then entered the scene and showed the handle of a large, illegally concealed knife. The second merchant, who was identified as Julio Vergara, was working the front counter as both subjects entered the store. Julio observed both suspects confronting his brother Felix and walked to the back and asked what they were doing. Eddy pointed the pistol at Julio and Julio returned to the fRont and called the police. An argument ensued, between the four.

MTA Officers Cpl. Hayden and Officer Patterson entered the store front and witnessed the altercation and saw the Eddy subject with a handgun. The MTA Officers disarmed both subjects and detained them until backup arrived. Cpl. Hayden advised Tpr. Wilt that both subjects had weapons. Tpr. Wilt spoke with both subjects, and further investigation revealed the handgun was a toy, however, both victims did not know it was a toy at the time.

Both Eddy and the juvenile was transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing. They were charged with assault in the second degree, recklessly engage in conduct, to wit: concealed a knife that created a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury, did wear and carry a large bowie knife, a dangerous weapon, concealed upon and about his person, did forcibly and fraudulently carry and cause to be carried a certain person, to wit: with the intent to have the said person carried and concealed within/ of this state.

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