Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (May 3, 2011)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

MAN CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On May 3 at 12:55 a.m., officers responded to Ell Lane in Waldorf for the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived, they found James Ronald Lee, 23, of Brandywine, hiding in a wooded area with a shotgun. Officers continued searching the complex and found spent rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the parking lot. A preliminary investigation revealed Lee may have been involved in a dispute with a known subject and during the dispute, a gun was fired. At this time, there have been no reports of anyone being injured and no reports of any damage to property. Officers are continuing the investigation and anyone with additional information should call Officer Gilroy at (301) 932-7777.

THEFT OF ATV AND DIRT BIKE: Between May 1 at 7 p.m. - May 2 at 4 a.m., unknown suspects stole an ATV and a dirt bike from a shed in the 6000 block of Huntt Road in La Plata. Both vehicles are about 60 cc in size. The ATV is lime green in color and the dirt bike is black, red and white. Anyone with information should call Officer Virts at (3010 932-2222.

TEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPT ARSON, MANUFACTURING DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE AND SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT: The Charles County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office are conducting a joint investigation into an attempt arson that occurred on April 20. At about 8:45 a.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer assigned to Westlake High School was alerted by a teacher that an unknown person threw a "Molotov Cocktail" at the officer's marked patrol car which was parked on the side of the school. The officer responded and found a scorched glass bottle on the parking lot with a piece of cloth that had apparently been set on fire. Officers searched for the suspect who was seen fleeing to the rear of the school. Based on surveillance footage obtained from the school's security cameras, officers identified the suspect as a 17-year-old student. He was arrested later that morning after returning to school. The suspect was charged with attempt arson, manufacturing an explosive device, second-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds. He was remanded to a juvenile facility pending a hearing.

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On April 29 at 3:10 a.m., three suspects approached a 34-year-old male as he was walking in the area of St. Patrick's Drive and Redhorse Court in Waldorf. The suspects assaulted the victim, stole his cell phone and money and then fled in a silver car. Officers responded, canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating. Anyone with information should contact Sgt. T. Miner at (301) 609-6481.

OFFICERS SEEK SUSPECT'S IDENTITY: Charles County Sheriff's officers are seeking the identity of a man wanted in connection with stealing a motorcycle. On April 14 at 5:40 p.m., the suspect met the victim near the 2400 block of Branson Mason Place in Bryans Road in reference to the sale of the victim's 2009 Suzuki GSXR 750 motorcycle. The suspect asked the victim if he could test drive the motorcycle and handed the victim $300 as security. The suspect took the motorcycle down Marshall Hall Road and as he returned, he accelerated past the victim and fled to MD 210. The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties who said his name was Al. He has multiple tattoos showing the letter "S" on his neck and arms. He is about 5'08, 160 lbs., thin mustache, short black hair, and was wearing a red/black helmet, jeans and a blue sleeveless shirt. Officer Kuhnow 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 to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.

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