Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 8, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

FUGITIVE ARRESTED: On Jan. 8 at 8:50 a.m., members of the Charles County Sheriff's Office Warrant Squad, along with the US Marshals Task Force, located Wendel Kelly Riley, 24, of no fixed address, who was wanted by the CCSO for violation of probation in connection with an armed robbery. Investigators were led to the area of Sandy Bottom Road in Hollywood, MD where he was arrested. Riley also has an outstanding warrant through the state of Ohio for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping. He was taken into custody without incident. He was served the Charles County warrant and the Ohio warrant will be lodged as a detainer.

ARMED ROBBERY: On Jan. 8 at 3:03 a.m., officers responded to the Waldorf Extra Mart located at 2145 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed the suspect entered the business, displayed a knife and demanded money; he fled on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a heavy set male, about 5'11", wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, gloves and a mask. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at (301) 609-6496. 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 suspect.

PELLET GUN RECOVERED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY: On Jan. 7 at 2:49 p.m. officers responded to Westlake High School located at 3300 Middletown Road in Waldorf for the report of an armed subject. Investigation revealed three subjects entered the school's gymnasium looking for an acquaintance who was participating in after school activities; most other students were already gone for early dismissal. As the subjects looked for their friend, a student noticed one of the subjects had what appeared to be a gun tucked in his waistband. The student alerted a school official who also observed the gun. At that point, the subjects walked out of the school and entered a car. The school official placed the school on lockdown, notified police and provided a vehicle description. Officers quickly arrived, located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot, and initiated a traffic stop. A pellet gun was recovered underneath the front passenger seat of the car. The passenger, a 16-year-old Upper Marlboro resident, was arrested and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school property, carrying a concealed weapon and trespassing. The driver of the car, Christopher Michael Scott, 19, of Upper Marlboro, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs after officers found marijuana on his person. The third occupant of the car, a 15-year-old Upper Marlboro resident, was not arrested. Detective B. Buchanan is investigating.

DRUGS, KNIFE AND PELLET GUN RECOVERED AT SCHOOL: On Jan. 7 at 9:30 a.m., a Charles County Sheriff's Juvenile Resource officer assigned to Henry E. Lackey High School at 11320 Holly Springs Road in Indian Head received information that one student had just sold another student drugs during school. The officer initiated an investigation and identified the two students - a 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old male. Officers recovered a small amount of marijuana and a knife from the 14-year-old youth. He was charged with possession of drugs and carrying a deadly weapon on school property. The 15-year-old was charged with possession with intent to distribute.

In an unrelated incident that occurred on Tuesday at Lackey, a pellet gun was recovered. At 12:20 p.m. the School Resource officer received a report that a student had a weapon. The officer located the suspect but did not find a weapon. Further investigation revealed the suspect hid the weapon in another student's back pack, unbeknownst to that student. The officer located the student and recovered a Powerline 240 pellet gun from his book bag. The student who brought the pellet gun to school was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon on school property. Officer D. Savoy made the arrests in both cases.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On Jan 7 at 3:39 a.m., officers responded to Grinder's Store located at 4450 Chicamuxen Road in Indian Head for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they met with the store owner who indicated he responded to the store after receiving an intrusion alarm. When he arrived on the scene, he noticed the front doors had been shot out. Officers canvassed the area and found the old Marbury Service Center had also been vandalized with similar gunshot damage. Officer D. Benthin is investigating.

D.W.I. ARREST: On Jan. 6 at 9:03 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot of Choo Choo's located at 3390 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf after receiving a report of an impaired driver. Officers found the vehicle and subsequently arrested the driver after he failed several sobriety tests. The driver, Jimmy Michael Thornwell, 23, of Brandywine, was charged with driving while intoxicated. Officer J. Hudson made the arrest.

HELP NEEDED LOCATING STOLEN VEHICLE: Charles County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a stolen vehicle. Investigation revealed sometime between Dec. 12 and Dec. 20, 2008, a Polaris Ranger XP Crew Cab was stolen from Magnum Fields Outfitter in the 10000 block of Old Sycamore Road in Charlotte Hall. This utility vehicle is green and can hold six adults. It has a Magnum Fields logo sticker on the hood. A small Toyota pick up truck was seen leaving the area towing the vehicle on a trailer. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective A. Schwab at (301) 609-6474 or email at schwaba (at) . Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect.

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