LA PLATA, Md. (October 19, 2010)The Charles County Sheriff's Office on Monday released the following incident and arrest reports.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On October 17 at 1:52 a.m., officers responded to the 3100 block of Guildcrest Court in Waldorf for the report of a disorderly, intoxicated person. Upon arrival, officers approached the woman, Malishea Alvern Smith, 31, of Washington, D.C., who was trying to take her young children from a residence. After refusing to comply with the officers, Smith was arrested and placed in the rear of a patrol car where she kicked the back window and knocked it from the frame. Smith was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and destruction of property.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE INCREASES REWARD FOR INFORMATION IN HATE CRIME: On October 16 at 8 a.m., officers responded to the 4200 block of Hilltop Court in Brandywine after the homeowner notified police he found a small cross - about 3 feet in height and 1 inch wide - charred in his front yard. Officers responded to the scene, interviewed the homeowners and are following leads. In addition, the officers canvassed the area, collected evidence and initiated a continuing patrol check.
OFFICERS APPREHEND ARMED, SUICIDAL MAN AFTER BARRICADE: On October 14 at 12:58 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 5400 block of Huckleberry Drive in Hughesville for the report of an armed, suicidal male. Upon arrival, the man appeared in the doorway of his house, brandished a handgun, pointed it at himself and then went back inside. Officers sought cover and notified the Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team. A perimeter was established and officers began notifying nearby residents. As officers attempted to make contact with the man, they heard a gunshot from inside. Shortly after, EST officers entered the house and found the man in an intoxicated state, still holding a handgun. He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital where he is being evaluated. Officers processed the scene and determined the man fired his gun in to the floor. One officer suffered a minor injury during the incident and was treated at a hospital. The investigation is continuing.
REWARD INCREASED FOR INFORMATION IN VEHICLE ARSON: The Charles County Sheriff's Office is assisting the State Fire Marshal's Office in the investigation of a vehicle arson that occurred on October 13 at about 4 a.m. in the 11500 block of Magnolia Court in Issue. A preliminary investigation revealed a Ford diesel pick-up truck was intentionally set on fire. A neighbor noticed the truck, which was parked about 20 feet from the residence, and alerted the vehicle owner. The victim was able to quickly escort his family away from the house and call emergency workers. Officers, firefighters and the State Fire Marshal's Office responded, collected evidence and canvassed the neighborhood.
The Sheriff's Office and Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's Office at 1-800-525-3124 or the Charles County Sheriff's Office at (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call 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.