St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Oct. 9, 2008) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT: On October 4, 2008 at 1:14 a.m., Dfc. Sarah Russell responded to Old Village Road in Mechanciscville for a report of a domestic dispute. Investigation revealed Kenneth L. Estep, 50, of no fixed address, and the victim were involved in a dispute over a cellular phone. The victim attempted to retrieve her phone from inside Estep's vehicle at which time Estep struck the victim several times in the face with his fist and pushed her out of the vehicle. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault. Estep fled the area and an application for statement of charges was completed and filed with the District Court Commissioner charging Estep with assault 2nd degree.

ROBBERY, ASSAULT: On October 6, 2008 at 6:40 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Nicolet Park for a reported robbery. Investigation revealed a 16 year-old juvenile was riding his bicycle in the area of Nicolet Park when he was approached by four subjects who began pushing and shoving him causing bruises to his face and neck. The subjects then stole his bicycle. Responding units observed a suspect matching the description provided by the victim on Spring Valley Drive in Lexington Park. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect and Dexter A. Gantt, 21, of Valley Court was placed under arrest. Gantt was charged with 2 counts of assault 2nd degree and 2 counts of robbery.

During this investigation a second 18 year-old victim approached the deputies and advised four subjects had just pushed and shoved him off his bicycle in the same area and stole a digital music player from him. The victim and a witness were able to provide a description of the suspects. Deputies located Walter D. Cooper, 26, of no fixed address, in a stairwell on Valley Ct. He was placed under arrest. A search incident to his arrest revealed two CDS tablets wrapped in a brown paper wrapper on his person. The CDS was not prescribed to Cooper. Cooper was transported to the Detention Center, charged with 2 counts of assault 2nd degree, two counts of robbery and possession of CDS. Cooper was also charged with 1 count of 2nd degree assault from an earlier assault which occurred in the area of Millison Plaza where he approached another victim and asked for food or money. When the victim refused Cooper struck the victim in the face by hand and fled the area.

Both men were held at the detention center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.

VIOLATION OF PEACE ORDER: On Oct. 7 Mary Helen Marquis, 45, of Lexington Park, was ordered by two different peace orders, issued by Judge E. Gregory Wells through the District Court of St. Mary's County Maryland, not to contact, harass, stalk or go to the residence of the petitioners. On Oct. 7 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Mary Marquis was served with the peace orders. On Oct. 7 at approximately 12:15 p.m., Marquis was witnessed driving up to and stopping in front of the petitioner's residence in violation of the peace orders. Marquis was arrested and charged with violating the conditions of the peace orders.

TRESPASSING: On 10/07/08 Dfc. M. Worrey responded to the Lexington Park Library for a report of a trespasser. Investigation revealed Marc Terence Brown, 35, of Lexington Park, was issued a no trespassing notice by the security officer for the Lexington Park Library on 10/05/08. On 10/07/08 Mr. Brown came into the library on two separate occasions. Mr. Brown walked into the library, waved at the employees and left. Mr. Brown's is 6'7" tall and weights approximately 325 pounds. His actions concerned library staff and caused them to feel threatened. Dfc. Worrey located Mr. Brown in the area of the library and arrested him for trespassing.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT, RESISTING ARREST, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On 10/07/08 at approximately 10:37 pm Dfc. S. Cathcart observed Dinah Marie Baker, 45, of no fixed address in the area of Millison Plaza in Lexington Park yelling and flailing her arms. Also present at the location was Robert Imirie Blackistone, 48, of no fixed address. Dfc. Cathcart approached both subjects and asked Ms. Baker to calm down. Ms. Baker refused and began screaming profane language at Dfc. Cathcart. Ms. Baker's behavior was witnessed by several citizens in the area. Dfc. Cathcart told Ms. Baker she was under arrest. Ms. Baker refused to comply with the arrest and had to be subdued.

During the arrest Mr. Blackistone was told several times by Dfc. Cathcart not to interfere with the arrest and to leave the area which he initially refused. Once Ms. Baker was secured, Mr. Blackistone walked out into the roadway and was almost struck by traffic. Dfc. Cathcart had to pull Mr. Blackistone out of the traffic for his safety. Mr. Blackistone was arrest for disorderly conduct. Further investigation revealed on 10/07/08 at approximately 4:58 pm Robert Blackistone was witnessed using a small folding knife to cut the screen door at a residence located on Ranger Road in Lexington Park. Search incident to Mr. Blackistone's disorderly conduct arrest revealed he was in possession of a pocket knife.

Dinah Baker was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Robert Blackistone was charged with disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

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