Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (April 14, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC-RELATED ASSAULT: On April 14 at 2:15 a.m., officers responded to a convenience store in Waldorf for the report of a domestic-related assault. Investigation revealed the victim - a 37-year-old male - was at his house in the 3400 block of Pine Cone Circle in Waldorf when his girlfriend, Joeann Patricia Cooper, 51, of Waldorf, threatened him with a knife during an argument. The victim fled and called police. Officers arrested Cooper at her house and charged her with first-degree assault. Officer J. Foster made the arrest.

BURGLARY: On April 13 at 5:27 p.m., officers responded to the 3600 block of Kempsford Field Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspects shattered a rear window, entered the house and stole jewelry. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and processed the scene for evidence. Officer J. Kelly is investigating.

SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION: On April 12 at 10:54 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers initiated a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Indian Head Inn in Indian Head after observing a traffic violation. During the stop, officers found a large piece of crack cocaine in the car. In addition, one of the occupants was found to have crack cocaine and marijuana. The occupants, Jason Shawn Smoot, 25, of Pomfret and Latoya Ann Adams, 24, of La Plata, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute. Adams was charged with additional offenses including driving on a suspended license and providing a false name to officers. Officer S. Davis made the arrest.

MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS: On April 13 at 8:59 a.m., officers were conducting speed enforcement on St. Charles Parkway near the White Plains Golf Course in White Plains when a vehicle traveling at over 100 mph entered the radar. Officers attempted to stop the driver but he fled toward Crain Highway. The driver lost control of his car in the 3100 block of Crain Highway and was apprehended. Juston Mandell Wade, 22, of La Plata, was charged with speeding, reckless driving, negligent driving, running red lights, fleeing and eluding, and driving on a revoked license. Officer R. Glover handled the arrest.

VANDALISM: Between April 9 at 6:30 p.m. - April 10 at 7 a.m., unknown suspects spray- painted graffiti on the front side of the old Embassy Dairy located at 12435 Mattawoman Drive in Waldorf. The graffiti included several words, none of which were hate-related. Officer J. Long is investigating.

SECOND-DEGREE BURGLARY: On April 13 at 2:13 a.m., officers responded to Budd's Liquor store located at 2539 Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. Officers arrived and found the front door glass smashed out. The building and surrounding area was checked but no suspects were located. Investigation revealed the suspects stole two bottles of liquor and nine packs of cigarettes then fled south towards Old Washington Road. Both suspects are white males. One suspect is 5'8" -5'11, 180 to 200 lbs., wearing a black jacket with gray on the upper chest and sleeves, blue jeans, black gloves, and black shoes with green print on the sides. The second suspect is 5'4" - 5'8", 140 to 155lbs., wearing black sunglasses, a gray sweatshirt with red stripes on the sleeves, black pants and black shoes. The scene was processed for evidence. Officer M. Bourgeois is investigating.

OFFICERS ARREST SUSPECTS WITH HANDGUN: On April 12 at 1:15 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Sartik's located at 7670 Hawthorne Road in La Plata for the report of a fight in which shots had been fired. When officers arrived, they observed a vehicle driving through the parking lot and one of the occupants firing a gun out of the window. Officers stopped the car and recovered a loaded 40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. The occupants, Terry Coates, 40, of Waldorf, Ricco Thompson, 25, of Waldorf, and Anthony Wilkins, 25, of Waldorf, were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. No one was injured during the incident. Officer J. Plunkett handled the arrest.

WARRANT SQUAD LOCATES FUGITIVE: On April 10, members of the Charles County Sheriff's Office Warrant Squad, along with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, responded to Mayesville, NC where they arrested Frank Richard Jones, Jr., 30, who had an open warrant charging him with negligent homicide in connection with a December 2008 fatal car crash that occurred in Waldorf. Jones is currently incarcerated in the Onslow County Detention Center and is awaiting extradition to Charles County.

BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED: On April 10 at 11:38 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 4400 block of Eagle Court in Waldorf for the report of an attempt break-in. Investigation revealed the victim observed two males enter his backyard and attempt to open the back door with some type of tool. The suspects fled when the victim approached the door. A description of the suspects was broadcast and responding officers observed them in the area. One of the suspects, a 17-year-old male from Waldorf, was apprehended but the other suspect fled. The suspect was charged with attempt burglary and attempt destruction of property. Officers J. Feldman and K. Newman made the arrest. The investigation is continuing.

SUSPECT CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A POLICE K-9: On April 10 at 2:17 a.m., officers responded to the 3600 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf for the report of two suspicious subjects. Upon arrival, officers observed a subject walking behind a store near a fence, carrying a black duffle bag. The suspect ran when he spotted police. At about the same time, officers received an intrusion alarm at Central Board Shop located at 3657 Leonardtown Road - this business is located directly in front of the area where the subjects were first observed. Officers discovered the front door had been smashed open with a landscaping rock and several items had been stolen, including numerous shirts, skateboards and shoes. Some of the shirts were discovered near the area where the subjects were first seen and officers determined the two events were related. Officers canvassed the area and located one of the suspects hiding between two cars. He refused repeated demands to surrender and fled into a wooded area surrounded by creek beds. A K-9 officer and his partner attempted to apprehend the suspect but the suspect struck the dog repeatedly, grabbed the K-9's head and attempted to drown the dog by holding its head under the creek water. Eventually, the suspect was subdued. Officers recovered a pair of scissors in the suspect's pocket as well as marijuana. The suspect's car was located and officers found stolen goods inside.

The suspect, Frederick Lamar Arnold, 19, of Cheltenham, was arrested and charged with assault, second-degree burglary, theft over $500, destruction of property, resisting arrest, possession of drugs and possession of a dangerous weapon. The second suspect escaped. The police K-9 had no visible signs of injury but will be monitored. Officer S. Bryant is investigating.

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