Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Sept. 9, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

SUSPECT ARRESTED/FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT: On Sept. 7 at 2:38 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers, along with La Plata Town police officers, responded to the 100 block of Cornwall Ct. for the report of disorderly subjects in the roadway. When officers arrived, several subjects fled on foot. Officers then noticed a party at one of the houses and, after making contact with people inside, determined that some of the partygoers had been consuming alcoholic beverages. Four minors (18-20 years old) were issued alcohol citations.

A short time later, an officer canvassing Cornwall Ct. came upon a group of people fighting. He was approached by the victim - 20 year old male - who was bleeding and suffering from an injury to his eye. The victim told the officer that the suspect, Christopher Eric DeHanas, 19, of Port Tobacco, stabbed him during the fight. DeHanas was arrested and a small, folding knife was recovered from his pocket. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries. The suspect was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Officer R. Bagley investigated.

THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On Sept. 6 at 7 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Apple Grove Estates in La Plata for the reports of multiple thefts from autos. The investigation revealed that during the early morning hours, at least six vehicles were broken into and small items such as GPS and iPods were stolen; most of the targeted vehicles had been left unlocked. The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to take precautions by removing personal property from their vehicles and to make sure car doors are locked at all times. Officer D. Brady investigated. Anyone with information should call the Property Crimes Unit at (301) 609-6492.

SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ARRESTED: On Sept. 4 at 11:45 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Macy's department store on Mall Circle Dr. in Waldorf for the report of a shoplifter. Investigation revealed the suspect, Roger Wayne Grizzard, 21, of Waldorf, concealed numerous clothing items and attempted to leave the store without paying. He was apprehended by a security guard without incident. Grizzard was charged with theft under $500. Officer R. Kimble handled the investigation.

MOTOR VEHCILE CRASH: On Sept.1 at 10:10 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to St. Stephens Dr. at Hampshire Circle in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed the driver of a Chevrolet Colorado, Ryan Christopher Kirkland, 24, of Waldorf, was traveling north on St. Stephens Dr. approaching Hampshire Circle when he failed to reduce speed and struck a Dodge Caravan being driven by Elizabeth Amorino, 26, of Waldorf. Amorino and two passengers in her van - an infant and a 30 year old female -were treated on the scene for non life threatening injuries. Kirkland was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Officer R. Kimble handled the investigation.

MAN WANTED FOR THEFT: Charles County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a man responsible for at least two incidents in which he stole copper wire from Lowe's in Waldorf. The thefts occurred on Aug. 12 and Aug. 18. In each case, the suspect entered the store, loaded a shopping cart with spools of copper wire and walked out without paying. Anyone with information about the suspect's identity is asked to call Detective A. Celia at (301) 609-6518.

ARREST/ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: On August 21 at 10:57 p.m., Charles County Emergency Services responded to Grouse Place and Lancaster Circle in Waldorf after receiving a telephone call from a man who reported a large fight involving 20 subjects in which shots were fired. Officers responded to the scene and located several subjects. As officers approached, one of the subjects fled; his clothing matched the description of the suspect who allegedly fired the gun. The subject, James Lee Rudd, 20, of Waldorf, was apprehended a short distance away and officers found marijuana in his pocket. As Rudd was being placed under arrest, he shoved an officer, broke free and attempted to escape; he was apprehended and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Detectives J. Burroughs and M. Smith are continuing an investigation.

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