Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (May 19, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

ASSAULT: On May 14 at 7:04 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 4400 block of Eagle Court in Waldorf for the report of a fight between juveniles. The investigation revealed the victim, a 17-year-old Waldorf boy, attempted to quell a dispute between four Waldorf boys, ages 12, 14, 16 and 17, and another person. The dispute was initially resolved and the victim walked away. Minutes later, the four boys attacked the victim, punching and kicking him repeatedly. Officers responded and charged the four juveniles with first- and second-degree assault. The victim was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center’s Shock Trauma Unit by a Maryland State Police helicopter. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Officer C. Barrows investigated.

DRUG POSSESSION: On May 13 at 11:22 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Sgt. C. Schmidt attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding in the 12000 block of Crain Highway in Newburg but the vehicle fled south. As Sgt. Schmidt pursued the vehicle, he observed the driver throw an item out of the window. The vehicle finally stopped after being intercepted by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police about 25 yards from the toll plaza. The driver, Darnell Jeffrey Daniels, 35, of Waldorf, was immediately arrested. Officers discovered he was under the influence of cocaine and marijuana, some of which he had thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. During a scan of the vehicle by a drug-detecting K9, the dog indicated the presence of drugs hidden in the wheel wells of the vehicle. Officers also found cocaine and marijuana inside the vehicle. Daniels was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding police, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

DRUG POSSESSION: On May 13 at 6:03 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officer J. Clagett was patrolling White Plains Regional Park located 1015 St. Charles Parkway in White Plains when he observed a parked vehicle and smelled the odor of marijuana. His investigation revealed one of the occupants of the vehicle, Jessica Lynn Lembach, 22, of Indian Head, was in possession of $20 worth of marijuana. Lembach initially provided a false name but her true identity was later revealed. After Officer Clagett arrested Lembach, she managed to slip out of her handcuffs, pushed the officer and attempted to flee. A brief struggle ensued but the officer subdued Lembach and she was taken into custody without further incident. Lembach was charged with possession of marijuana, assaulting a police officer, second-degree assault, escape, providing a false statement to a police officer and resisting arrest. She was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

THEFT: On May 12 at 4:54 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer J. A. Riffle was patrolling Acton Lane in Waldorf when he observed a Chevrolet Malibu traveling closely behind a speeding Ford Mustang. The driver of the Malibu signaled the officer for help. He advised the officer that the driver of the Mustang had just broken into the Malibu. The officer stopped the Mustang on Acton Lane near Skyview Place. The driver of the Mustang ran from his vehicle but he was quickly apprehended. He was identified as Justin Mandell Wade, 21, of La Plata. When Officer Riffle first looked in the Mustang, he saw a power washer that had been reported stolen a few hours earlier from a residence nearby. Officer Riffle had taken the report for that theft. Further investigation revealed Wade had other items in the Mustang he had stolen from vehicles earlier that night. Among the stolen items were power tools, a laptop computer, a GPS system, hand tools, a car DVD system and car stereo equipment. Wade was arrested and charged with theft valued at more than $500, theft valued at less than $500, rogue and vagabond and possession of burglar tools. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

PROPERTY DESTRUCTION: Sometime between 9 p.m. May 9 and 7 a.m. May 10, suspect(s) slashed the tires of a 2005 Chrysler Town & County parked at a residence in the 13900 block of Poplar Hill Road in Waldorf. 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 G. Barnhart is investigating.

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