Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 13, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

ARMED ROBBERY: The Charles County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Oct. 12 at 11 p.m., at the Safeway gas station at 10 Kings Street in Waldorf. Two suspects entered the business, approached a clerk, brandished a knife and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspects fled. Both suspects were dressed in dark clothing and one suspect was wearing a face mask. The clerk was not injured. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff's Office at (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects.

BURGLARY: The Charles County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that occurred between Oct. 9 - Oct. 10 in the 10700 block of Prince Charles Drive in La Plata. Investigation revealed the suspects forced entry through the basement door of the residence and stole jewelry, money, game systems and a television. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. Officer S. Weedon is investigating.

ATTEMPT ARMED ROBBERY: On Oct. 10 at 7:39 p.m., officers responded to the 4500 block of Grouse Place in Waldorf for an attempted robbery. The victim advised he was approached by two males who pointed a black handgun in his direction. The victim fled and when he reached a house, he reported he heard a gunshot. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. The victim was not injured. Officer C. Walden is investigating.

SHERIFF'S OFFICERS RECOVER STOLEN ATV: On Oct. 10 at 3:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to Gardiner Equipment at 11740 Vernon Road in Waldorf for an intrusion alarm. Upon arrival, officers discovered the fence had been cut and an ATV had been stolen. Further investigation revealed the ATV was taken to a nearby parking lot where the suspects tried to load it in a rental truck that appeared to have been stolen. The suspects fled prior to stealing the ATV and the property was retuned to the business. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. Cpl. C.P. McCue is investigating.

OFFICERS OBSERVE STOLEN CAR AND ARREST DRIVER: On Oct. 10 at 12:07 a.m., officers initiated a traffic stop on Berry Road near Western Parkway in Waldorf after recognizing the vehicle as one in they tried to stop two weeks ago but the driver fled. A computer check revealed the car had been reported stolen from Prince George's County. As officers approached the car, the driver and a passenger jumped out and fled. The driver, Jamel Lamar Dixon, 18, of Ft. Washington, was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. The passenger fled into a wooded area and escaped. Officers found a small amount of marijuana inside the car. Dixon was charged with motor vehicle theft, possession of drugs, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations. Officer D. Major is investigating.

CITIZEN ROBBERY: On Oct. 9 at 10 p.m., two teens were walking near Fur Seal and Gray Fox Court in Waldorf when they were approached by a group of males. The suspects threatened the victims with a baseball bat and demanded their cell phones and iPOD. The suspects fled and the victims went home and called police. Officer J. Morales is investigating.

CATALYTIC CONVERTERS STOLEN: On Oct. 9 between 5:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., unknown suspects stole four catalytic converters from vehicles at the Mattawoman Park and Ride in Waldorf. The Sheriff's Office is reminding people to report suspicious activity immediately as it could make a difference. Just this summer, officers arrested two suspects who were in the process of stealing motorcycles after a citizen called police to report suspicious activity. Detective D. Gross is investigating.

MAN STABBED DURING ARGUMENT: On Oct. 8 at 7:41 p.m., officers received a call to respond to the emergency room of Civista Hospital for the report of a stabbing victim. Investigation revealed the victim, 19, and an acquaintance were involved in an argument with a group of males in the 10500 block of Beechwood Drive in Waldorf when one of the suspects grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was admitted for non life-threatening injuries. The victim did not disclose the nature of the argument and detectives are continuing their investigation. Detective P. Tona is investigating.

DETECTIVES LOCATE AND ARREST SUSPECT WANTED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN: Charles County Sheriff's detectives have located and arrested Edward Stanley Stewart, III, 23, of Bryantown, who was wanted in connection with a sexual assault that occurred on Old Washington Road last week. Stewart was located this morning in the 3800 block of Hemlock Place in Temple Hills after detectives received a tip that he may be staying at that address. He was arrested without incident and will be charged with first-degree rape. A preliminary investigation revealed on Sept. 30 at 11:45 p.m., the suspect approached the victim as she was entering her car and sexually assaulted her. The victim fought the suspect and he fled. The victim reported the assault later the next day and an investigation was immediately initiated. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that a patrol officer encountered the suspect sleeping on a bench, hours after the attack occurred. Although the attack had not yet been reported, officers took note of the encounter. Once the assault was reported, detectives quickly linked the suspect to the attack and further investigation led to an arrest warrant being obtained.

WARRANT SWEEP: Sheriff Rex W. Coffey announced the results of a recent warrant sweep coordinated by the Charles County Sheriff's Office Warrant / Fugitive Unit and Domestic Violence Unit. The operation -- which was conducted on September 30 and October 1—consisted of members of the Judicial Services Section, Community Policing Unit, Tactical Response Squad, and United States Marshals Service. A total of 39 sworn officers, 4 correctional officers, two communications officers, and two warrant clerks participated in the sweep. Fifty-nine warrants were served, and one stolen firearm - a Glock 9mm handgun - was recovered. Lt. K. Hense served as the operational commander.

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