LA PLATA, Md. (March 24, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
DRUG ARREST: On March 24 at 1:20 a.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of Ripley Road and Ripley Way in Marshalls Corner after observing a motor vehicle equipment violation. Upon making contact with the car's occupants, the officer observed marijuana inside the car. The occupants, Matthew B. Smith, 18, of La Plata and James K. Hare, 22, of Bryans Road, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officer M. Bourgeois made the arrest.
JUVENILES CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND VANDALISM: On March 22 at 9:20 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 8600 block of Bowie Road in Nanjemoy for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed three juveniles broke into a neighbor's garage and stole an ATV. The suspects then shot out the windows of several parked cars located on or near the property using a .22 caliber rifle they brought with them. The juveniles, two 15-year-old males and a 10-year-old male, were arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and multiple counts of vandalism. All three suspects were released to their parents. Officer K. Burger made the arrest.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On March 21 at 12:30 a.m., a man walked into the Charles County Sheriff's Office District I Station and reported he had been assaulted by his girlfriend earlier that evening. Investigation revealed the victim - a 34-year-old man - and his girlfriend, Anita Riley, 33, of Bryans Road, became involved in an argument at the Mattawoman Restaurant at 5024 Hawthorne Road in Indian Head. During the argument, Riley cut the victim with a box cutter and fled. The victim transported himself to a hospital where he was treated. Officers located Riley at her house, placed her under arrest and charged her with first-degree assault. Officer B. Moore made the arrest.
TEEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY: On March 21 at 11:30 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers were called to investigate a robbery that occurred in the 3100 Block of Knolewater Court in Waldorf. Investigation revealed the victim, a 22-year-old male, was walking on a path when two unknown suspects approached. One suspect punched the victim and the other suspect stole the victim's iPOD, wallet and cell phone. Both suspects fled and the victim was treated at a nearby hospital. Officers conducted an extensive neighborhood canvass and developed information regarding the suspects' descriptions. Further investigation led to the identity of one of the suspects, a 17-year-old Waldorf male. Officers located the suspect at his residence and apprehended him after a brief foot chase. He was charged with robbery and theft. The second suspect has not been identified. Detective G. Higgs is continuing the investigation.
DRUG ARREST: On March 21 at 12:10 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the playground at Karen Court in Bryans Road after a citizen called to report several subjects using drugs. Officers located the subjects and found heroin and marijuana on one of the suspects, Onyekachi Emmanuel Osuchukwa, 18, of Bryans Road. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer M. Bourgeois made the arrest.
ACCIDENTAL SELF- INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND: On March 20 at 7:26 a.m., officers responded to the Wawa at 4210 Crain Highway in White Plains for the report of an accidental shooting. Investigation revealed the victim, an off-duty police officer with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, had un-holstered his handgun and was exiting his car when the gun discharged striking him in the leg. The officer was transported to a hospital where he was admitted with a non life-threatening injury. No one else was injured.
SAFETY TIP: To minimize the amount of information an identity thief can steal, do not carry extra credit cards, a social security card, birth certificate or passport in your wallet or purse, except when needed.