CHILD ABUSE: On October 17, medical staff from Children's National Medical Center, Washington D.C., contacted the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Department of Social Services Child Protective Services regarding a suspected child abuse involving a two month old infant who was transferred to the medical center from St. Mary's Hospital. The caregiver's explanation to medical staff of how the injuries occurred was not consistent with the type of injuries sustained according to doctors treating the infant. Detectives from BCI and CPS initiated a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the injuries to the infant. On November 3, detectives arrested Jacob Roy Wilkins, 19, of Charlotte Hall, pictured above left, charging him with Second Degree Child Abuse. Wilkins was incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.
ARRESTS IN CHARLOTTE HALL ARBY'S ROBBERY: On November 6 at 8:40 p.m., police units responded to the Arby's Restaurant located in Charlotte Hall for the report of an armed robbery. Detectives from BCI responded and assumed the investigation. Investigation revealed the manager exited the rear of the store when he was confronted by two male subjects wearing dark clothing and ski masks and displaying handguns. The manager was ordered back into the store at gunpoint at which time the suspects demanded money from the business. During the robbery, the manager believed he recognized the voices of the suspects and called out to them by name. Upon the suspects hearing their names both suspects ordered the manager to the rear of the store, placed him on the ground and fled on foot. Both suspects were identified by detectives as former employees of the Arby's Restaurant.
Christopher B. French, 21, of Charlotte Hall, (at left) and Matthew A. Harper, 21, of Mechanicsville (at right). (Arrest photos)
Search and Seizure Warrants were obtained and executed resulting in the recovery of evidence related to the robbery and the arrest of Christopher B. French, 21, of Charlotte Hall, and Matthew A. Harper, 21, of Mechanicsville. French was charged with Robbery, Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree. Harper was charged with Robbery. Both were incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Additional charges are pending following a case review with the State's Attorney's Office.
ASSAULT: On November 4 at approximately 11:45 p.m., deputies responded to Columbus Drive in Lexington Park for a report of an assault involving a knife. Investigation revealed John Henry Janifer, 41, of Lexington Park, became involved in an argument which escalated when Janifer stabbed the victim with a knife. As Deputy Ellis was arresting Janifer, Javone Lawrence Worrick, 20, of Callaway, began creating a disturbance outside by yelling and shouting at Janifer. Worrick was detained by police. During a search of Worrick, several small plastic bags of suspected marijuana were located in his jacket pocket. Worrick was arrested by Deputy Ellis and charged with CDS possession. Janifer was charged with first degree assault and second degree assault.
THEFT: On November 5, deputies reported to 2000 Liquors on North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park for a theft. Investigation revealed Matthew Elliott Lowman, 23, of no fixed address, took a beer from the shelf and left the business without paying for it, but remained outside the business. Deputy First Class Grusholt arrived and observed Lowman standing outside the business. After speaking with the owner of the business, Grusholt arrested Lowman and charged him with Theft.
TRESPASSING: On November 5, deputies responded to the Days Inn on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park for a report of a trespasser. Investigation revealed Ellen Bradshaw Marley, 50, of no fixed address, was observed on the property of the Days Inn Motel after having previously been served with a notice not to trespass by Deputy First Class Ruest. Deputy Seyfriend arrived on the scene and arrested Marley and charged her with trespassing.
ASSAULT: On November 5, deputies responded to a residence on Mojave Drive in Great Mills for a reported assault. Investigation revealed Edward Wendell Bowman, 45, of Mechanicsville, was involved in an argument with the victim. During the argument, and Bowen struck and punched the victim numerous times about her body. The victim's son arrived on the scene and tried to intervene but was assaulted by Bowman as well. Deputy Seyfried arrested Bowman and charged him with First Degree Assault, 2 counts of Second Degree Assault, and Malicious Destruction of Property.
THEFT: On November 6, deputies responded to Kohls Department Store on Lexington Village Way in Lexington Park for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed Kathleen Marie Wagner, 26, of Lusby, retrieved various clothing items from the racks and took them to a checkout counter and returned them for a store credit without ever having paid for them. After completing this transaction, Wagner took additional merchandise and concealed it in her bag and exited the store without paying for the items. Wagner was confronted by loss prevention personnel who detained her and called police. Deputy Wood arrested Wagner and charged her with Theft, Forgery order for money and Forgery obtaining money and goods.
ASSAULT: On November 6 at approximately 2:10 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a fight on Old Missouri Avenue in Lexington Park. Investigation revealed Adrian Cordrell Gray, 22; Duane Cornelius Mason, 23; Michael Christopher Chase, 20; Rena Lynn Mason, 38; and a male juvenile age 17, all of Lexington Park, forced entry into the victim's residence and began assaulting the victim as well as one other occupant by using a pole and their fists. Deputy First Class Ruest and Deputy Ellis arrived and arrested the 5 assailants. They were charged with Burglary, First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault.
BURGLARY: On November 3 at approximately 1:00 a.m., deputies responded to the victim's residence located in Lexington Park. Investigation revealed William Samuel Parks, Jr., 20 of Lexington Park, broke the rear sliding glass bedroom window and entered into the victim's apartment. In committing the burglary, Parks also violated a peace order served against him stating he was not to contact or harass the victim. Deputy Kirkner located Parks at his residence and arrested him. During the arrest, Parks resisted. Parks was charged with First Degree Burglary, Violation of a Peace Order, Malicious Property Destruction and Resisting Arrest.
DRUG ARREST: On November 3, Michelle Lee Anderson, 36, was stopped by Corporal Johnson on Baptist Church Road in the area Sleepy Hollow Lane after a lookout for the vehicle had been broadcast that the vehicle was transporting a suicidal subject. Anderson and the passenger were ordered out of the vehicle. A small metal container discovered by Johnson on the ground near Anderson contained CDS and drug paraphernalia. During a search of Anderson's purse, additional drugs and paraphernalia were discovered. Johnson arrested Anderson and charged her with CDS possession and possession of CDS paraphernalia.