LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 23, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.
STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY ARREST: On Oct. 23 at 12:09 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 4900 block of Prestancia Place in Waldorf for the report of a strong-armed robbery. Investigation revealed the victim, 39, of Waldorf, and the suspect, Raymond Leon Harris, 40, of Waldorf, were involved in an argument when the suspect grabbed the victim's purse from her hand and fled in her car. The victim called police and provided officers a description of her vehicle. Officers spotted the car at a nearby convenience store and arrested the suspect - an acquaintance of the victim. Harris was charged with robbery, theft over $500 and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Officer G. Barnhart made the arrest.
BREAKING AND ENTERING: On Oct. 22, Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Waldorf Pottery at 4781 Crain Highway in White Plains for the report of a break-in. Investigation revealed the suspect cut through the fence surrounding the business and stole garden furniture and plants. Officers believe the theft occurred between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. that morning. Officer R. Bagley is investigating.
UPDATE ON FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On Oct. 18 at 9:28 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 6800 block of Bumpy Oak Road in La Plata for the report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Investigation revealed Onika Sayyida Ishmael, 20, of Bryans Road was traveling east on Bumpy Oak Road when she lost control of her car and struck a guardrail, causing her vehicle to overturn and strike a tree. Ishmael, who was six months pregnant, was transported by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George's Hospital Center where, upon arrival, doctors delivered her baby. Ishmael died on Oct. 20 as a result of the injuries she sustained in the automobile crash. Her daughter, who was transferred to Children's Hospital after the delivery, died on Oct. 21. Officer R.E. Glover, Jr., of the Traffic Operations Unit is handling the investigation.
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT ARREST: On Oct. 21 at 5:16 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 3900 block of Elsa Avenue in Waldorf for the report of an assault. Investigation revealed the victim, 22, of Waldorf, was hit in the head with a claw hammer by the suspect (an acquaintance). Officers arrested the suspect, Ronald Anthony Barnes, 18, of Waldorf, and charged him with first-degree assault. The victim was treated for his injuries which were non life-threatening. Officer S.W. Cartwright handled the arrest.