LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 4, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.
ARMED BANK ROBBERY/SUSPECT ARRESTED: On Nov. 3 at 11:10 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the PNC Bank located at 2595 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a robbery in progress. Investigation revealed the suspect walked into the bank, displayed a handgun, and handed the teller a note demanding money. After the robbery, the suspect fled to a car that was parked at a nearby bowling alley. A witness observed the suspect fleeing the bank and called police to provide a description of the suspect vehicle. The citizen followed the suspect as he drove south on Route 301 and provided police up to date information regarding the suspect's whereabouts. Responding officers observed the vehicle in the 1200 block of Crain Highway and attempted to stop the suspect but he crashed his car into a small barrier and attempted to flee on foot. Officers pursued the suspect, Mann Thomas Ward, II, 41, of Newburg, and apprehended him without further incident. He was charged with armed robbery and remanded to the Charles County Detention Center with no bond. Detectives are in the process of determining if this robbery was related to the bank robbery that occurred last week at the M & T Bank in Waldorf. The Major Crimes Unit is investigating.
CARJACKED VEHICLE RECOVERED/SUSPECT ARRESTED: On Nov. 1 at 11:09 p.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer was patrolling the Wakefield area in Waldorf when he observed a suspicious vehicle near Oakley Drive and Wakefield Circle. A computer check revealed the car was reported stolen during an armed carjacking in Prince George's County. The officer approached the car and saw a subject in the back seat. The subject, a 16 year old Waldorf male, was arrested and officers found a small amount of drugs in his pocket. The suspect was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and motor vehicle theft. Officer P. Alverez made the arrest.
BANK ROBBERY: On Oct. 31 at 11:06 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the M & T Bank at 11175 Mall Circle in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed the suspect entered the bank, passed a note to a teller in which he implied that he had a weapon and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled. Officers canvassed the area but the suspect escaped. The Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation. Anyone with information should call (301) 609-6496.
OFFICERS ARREST CAR THEFT SUSPECT: On Oct. 30 at 9:49 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to a car theft in progress at the Chevy Chase Bank located at 3145 Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road. Investigation revealed the victim, 20, got out of her car to use the ATM when the suspect approached, jumped in her car and fled. The victim called police and provided a description of the suspect and her car. Responding officers observed the stolen vehicle on Route 210 near Wharf Road; the driver apparently crashed the car into a guardrail and fled. Officers continued canvassing the area and spotted the suspect, Brandon Dennis Brown, 22, of Bryans Road, a short distance away. Brown was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and possession of a concealed deadly weapon after officers recovered a knife and box cutter from his pants. Officers M. Bourgeois, S. Duley and S. Plunkett made the arrest.
STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY: On Oct. 30 at 2:41 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to a foot path near the 100 block of St. Patrick's Drive in Waldorf for the report of a citizen robbery. Investigation revealed the victim was riding his bicycle when three suspects knocked him to the ground, assaulted him and stole his bike and cell phone. The suspects fled and the victim called police. Officers canvassed the area and located two subjects matching the description of the suspects. The victim made a positive identification and the suspects, Michael Turner, 20, and James Johnson, 26, both of Newburg, were arrested and charged with robbery. The victim's bicycle was recovered a short distance away. Officer M. Rodriguez made the arrests.