LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Feb. 26, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
SHOPLIFTING: On February 22, Deputy M. Green responded to the Kmart store located in California for a report of a theft which just occurred. The St. Mary's County Emergency Communication Center broadcast a lookout for the suspect. Deputy Green observed Eric Emanuel Ewing, 19, of Lexington Park, walking towards Miramar Way in the area of the Kmart. Mr. Ewing matched the suspect description. Deputy Green pulled her marked police cruiser beside Mr. Ewing and attempted to contact him. Mr. Ewing ignored Deputy Green's request to stop and kept walking down the road. Deputy Green was eventually able to stop Mr. Ewing at which time he became extremely argumentative and refused all requests of Deputy Green. For officer's safety, Deputy Green secured Mr. Ewing with handcuffs, explaining to him he was not under arrest but was being detained until she was able to fully investigate the theft. Mr. Ewing was transported back to the Kmart where, based on evidence, he was determined to be the individual who stole a set of Sony
stereo headphones and fled the store. Ewing was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. During transport to the detention center Mr. Ewing attempted to remove his seatbelt and un-handcuff himself. Deputy Green was forced to pull the cruiser over in transport to re-seatbelt Mr. Ewing. Ewing was charged with theft less then $100 and attempting to depart from the custody of a law enforcement officer.
BENCH WARRANT, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On February 25, DFC K. Moritz responded to a residence on Great Mills Ct. in Lexington Park in an attempt to locate suspect Michael Anthony Somerville Jr., 25, of Great Mills, who was wanted on an outstanding open bench warrant through Baltimore City Police for illegal possession of a regulated firearm. Upon arrival Somerville was observed through a window sitting on a couch within the residence. Contact was then made with Mr. Somerville and he was placed under arrest. A search of Mr. Somerville's person incident to arrest revealed him to be in possession of six individual baggies of suspected marijuana. Michael Somerville, Jr. was transported to the Detention Center where he was served with the open warrant and charged for possession of CDS-marijuana.