Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (June 17, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

FATAL CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died in a fatal motor vehicle crash on June 13 as Fidel Herrera-Uribe, 50, of Riverdale. Herrera-Uribe was a passenger in a 1989 GMC truck being driven by Roamin Lopez-Bravo of Riverdale on Poplar Hill Road near St. Peter’s Church Road in Waldorf about 8:11 a.m. For reasons still under investigation, Lopez-Bravo, who is believed to be about 20, lost control of the truck on northbound Poplar Hill Road while approaching a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a drainage pipe before coming to rest on its roof in a 4-foot-deep pond. Two other passengers, Luis Bazquez-Diaz, 38, of Hyattsville, and Rudver Velasquez-Jacob, 19, of Riverdale, were also inside the vehicle. Three citizens and three Sheriff’s officers rushed into the water and rescued the four occupants from the vehicle. Herrera-Uribe was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he died of his injuries. The other three occupants were flown by U.S. Park Police and Maryland State Police helicopters to Prince George’s Hospital Center where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the crash. Officer R. Williams of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES: On June 16 at 3:15 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer J. Timko received information from a citizen at the WaWa located at 11505 Berry Road in Waldorf about a group of young males attempting unsuccessfully to use several different credit cards at the ATM inside the store. Officer Timko saw the group in their vehicle as they were leaving the parking lot and provided the vehicle lookout information to other officers. Sgt. P. Gregory found the vehicle and stopped in at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Drive and Western Parkway. It was occupied by five Waldorf males. One was 15, two were 16 and two were 17. During the investigation, officers recovered several credit cards from the vehicle and later determined the cards had been stolen. The officers also recovered other items and linked the property to other thefts that occurred that night. The investigation revealed the accused searched for and found unlocked vehicles in the Eutaw Forest and Eutaw Forest Archers subdivisions in Waldorf and stole items, including the credit cards, left inside. The teens were all charged with theft valued at less than $500, fourth-degree burglary and rogue and vagabond. Officers also discovered one of the 17-year-old boys was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and he was subsequently charged accordingly. The teens were released to their parents. Officer Timko investigated.

SHOOTING: On June 15 at 8:47 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the 11700 block of Hemingley Place in Newburg for the report of a shooting. The investigation revealed Derrick Thomas Pulliam, 20, of Brandywine and the victim, a 23-year-old Waldorf man, were attending a gathering when they began to argue. During the argument, Pulliam brandished a handgun and shot the victim. After the shooting, Pulliam fled the scene. Officers searched the area but could not locate him. The victim was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he is expected to survive his injuries. Detectives obtained a warrant for Pulliam’s arrest charging him with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and reckless endangerment. Anyone with information about Pulliam’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to Pulliam’s arrest. Det. S. Fetterolf is investigating.

ASSAULT: On June 15 at 5:02, Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to a residence in the 10300 block of Pope’s Creek Road in Newburg for the report of a domestic assault involving a weapon. The investigation revealed a 33-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man who both live at the residence were arguing when the woman assaulted the man with a knife and shattered several windows in the residence. The woman was treated on the scene by emergency medical services personnel for lacerations she sustained by breaking the windows. She was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. Officer J. Clagett investigated.

INTOXICATED DRIVER ARREST: On June 14 at 7:10 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer T. Yates stopped a Ford truck on Carriage Crossing Lane in Waldorf for failing to display front and back tags. He determined the driver, Russell Julius Spruytte, III, 21, of Bowie, was intoxicated. The officer arrested Spruytte and placed him the backseat of his police cruiser. Spruytte began banging his head against a window, causing the window to crack and detach from its track. Spruytte was transported to the Charles County Detention Center without further incident and was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol and destruction of property valued at less than $500.

STRONG ARM ROBBERY: On June 10 at 6:30 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the report of an armed robbery that occurred at a VanGO bus stop on Davis Road in Waldorf. The victim, a 19-year-old Waldorf man, was waiting at the bus stop when a green Honda Civic sedan drove by. The Civic, occupied by five individuals described only as black males, turned around and stopped in front of the victim. Three of the suspects robbed the victim of his wallet, which contained cash and credit cards. One of the suspects also robbed the victim of his iPhone and headphones. The suspects returned to the Civic and the vehicle fled the scene. Shortly thereafter, the bus arrived. The victim notified the driver of the robbery and police were called to 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 B. Virts is investigating.

DRUG ARREST: On June 11 at 3:10 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officer E. Weaver conducted a traffic stop on North First Street near Strauss Avenue in Indian Head because he recognized the driver as Lindon Urban Theodile, 41, of Indian Head and knew Theodile’s driver’s license was suspended. The officer had also observed Theodile following another vehicle too closely on Strauss Avenue. Theodile was arrested for driving with a suspended license and issued a citation for following a vehicle too closely. A subsequent search revealed Theodile was in possession of crack cocaine and he was subsequently charged with possession of crack cocaine. Theodile was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

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