Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (August 13, 2010) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

ATTEMPT STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY: On August 11 at 5:30 p.m., several suspects approached a 16-year-old male near the intersection of Strauss Avenue near Charles Place in Indian Head. The suspects demanded money at which point the victim said he did not have any. The suspects struck the victim and fled. Officers canvassed the area and developed leads in the case. The investigation is on-going.

CRIMINAL SUMMONS ISSUED FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH SOLICITATION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY/SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE: The Charles County Sheriff's Office recently conducted an investigation into the report of sexual child abuse and solicitation of child pornography in which the suspect, Charles Arnell Smith, Jr., 25, a taekwondo instructor and owner of Global Sport Taekwondo in Waldorf, is accused of soliciting explicit photographs from a 14-year-old girl who had been a student of his at the academy. Further, it was discovered Smith had taken the girl to his house on at least one occasion for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct. The incidents began in February 2010 and were discovered by the girl's mother in June 2010. On July 14, a district court commissioner issued a criminal summons in lieu of arrest for Smith. Anyone with additional information about Smith is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at (301) 609-6558. The investigation is on-going.

FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On August 10 at 9 a.m., officers responded to 50 Post Office Road in Waldorf after receiving a call from a physician's office that a woman was in the lobby with a pit bull dog and refusing to leave. When officers arrived, they asked the woman, Courtney Jones, 21, 0f Upper Marlboro, to leave. Jones refused at which point officers began escorting her out of the office. Jones initially walked with the officer but suddenly stopped and ordered her pit bull to attack. The dog began biting at the officer's foot but the officer was wearing boots which prevented the dog from breaking the skin. The officer gained control of Jones and placed her under arrest. As Jones was being placed in the officer's car, the woman began kicking and yelling. The pit bull continued biting at the officer at which point another officer arrived on the scene and secured the dog. Jones continued kicking and shattered the rear passenger window of the officer's cruiser. Jones was subsequently transported to the Charles County Detention Center where she was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order, resisting arrest, and destruction of property.

BURGLARY: Between August 7 and August 9, an unknown suspect broke into a house in the 3500 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf and stole a radio, money and jewelry. Pfc. Bagley is investigating.

THEFT: Between August 8 at 10 p.m. - August 9 at 7 a.m., an unknown suspect stole two wheels from a vehicle in the 2700 block of Albemarle Place in Waldorf. The suspect attempted to steal a third wheel but did not succeed. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. Officer J. Long is investigating.

THEFT: Between August 6 at 4 p.m. - August 9 at 8 a.m., an unknown suspect stole four wheels from a car parked in the service area of an auto body shop in the 2300 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf. Evidence was recovered and is being processed. Officer T. Schraf is investigating.

STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY: On August 8 at 11:09 p.m., the victim, an employee of Dollar General at 2072 Crain Highway in Waldorf was getting in her car to leave for the night when she was approached by a male who demanded her purse. The victim complied and the suspect fled. Officers processed the scene and canvassed the area for the suspect. Officer Mayhew is investigating.

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On August 7 at 7:09 p.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Billingsley Road and Highgrove Drive in White Plains. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda Civic failed to stop for a stop sign, crossed onto Billingsley Road and was struck by a Dodge truck. The driver of the Honda was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured. The investigation is on going.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY/ POSSIBLE ATTEMPT BURGLARY: On August 6, three males were seen running from a garage in the 6800 block of Crockett Court in Hughesville. A check showed the garage door was wide open and it had been locked. There was no damage to the door and nothing was reported stolen.

BURGLARY: On August 6 at 4:44 a.m., an unknown suspect broke into a house in the 4500 block of Young Road in Hughesville and entered the victim's bedroom. The suspect implied he had a gun and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. Cpl. Dodge is investigating.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit WWW.CCSO.US to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.

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