LEONARDTOWN, Md. (December 14, 2011)The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION: On December 9 at approximately 6:09 a.m., deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation reveals a 2009 Scion XD, being operated by Lorenza Best, 85, of Camp Springs, was traveling south on Patuxent Beach Road in the area of North Patuxent Beach Road in California. Best's vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck a northbound 1999 Ford Explorer operated by Lyndon Jack, 24, of Lexington Park. Jack was transported to St. Mary's Hospital. Best was also transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alcohol and speed are not believed to be contributing factors in the collision. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. At this time, alcohol and speed do not appear to be contributing factors in the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash and has not already provided their information to authorities is requested to contact Dfc. William Watters at (301) 475-4200 Ext. 9114.
THEFT: On December 12, Deputy Seyfried responded to WalMart in California for an internal theft report. Investigation revealed Cheryl Anne Panagakos, 49, of Lexington Park, began stealing merchandise from WalMart beginning in September 2011. Another store employee became suspicious of Panagakos' actions and started an internal investigation. Panagakos was arrested by Deputy Seyfried and charged with Theft and Theft Scheme.
PROTECTIVE ORDER VIOLATION: In November of 2011 Glen Michael Gilley, Sr., 23, of Lexington Park, was served with a protective order ordering that he have no contact with the petitioner of the order. On December 12, deputies responded to a local business in California for a violation of the order. Investigation revealed Gilley was inside of the store following and making contact with the victim. Deputy Ellis located and arrested Gilley for violating the terms and condition of the protective order. In addition, Gilley was charged with stalking and harassment.
FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 9, deputies responded to a report of assault on Lynn Drive in Lexington Park. Investigation revealed Horace Allen Douglas, 41, of Lexington Park, became involved in an argument with the victim. After the argument subsided, the victim observed Douglass sitting in a room pointing a handgun at the doorway stating he was going to shoot the next person who walks by the door. The victim fled the residence and called police. Deputy Rogers arrived on scene and apprehended Douglas in his residence. Douglas was charged with First Degree and Second Degree Assault.
THEFT: On December 9 at 11:45 p.m., deputies responded to Point Lookout Road in Callaway for a disturbance. Investigation revealed Donald Leo Parks, 18, of Lexington Park, was observed by a witness taking a purse and jacket off a table in a business and leaving. The victim located the stolen items in an area where Parks had just been observed, however cash was missing from the purse. Deputy Foor located Parks in the parking lot and arrested him. Parks was charged with Theft and Rogue and Vagabond.
DRUG ARREST: On December 10 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Deputy Potter conducted a welfare check on a vehicle parked on the side of the Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Potter approached the vehicle and observed the driver holding a suspected marijuana cigarette. When the driver saw Deputy Potter, the driver put the vehicle in drive and fled the area. Deputy Potter pursued the vehicle and a short time later, the driver stopped and fled on foot. After a short foot chase Deputy Potter apprehended the subject who was identified as John Francis Stewart, 54, of Lexington Park. Deputy Potter located suspected marijuana inside Stewart's vehicle. Stewart was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS.
ROBBERY: On December 9, deputies responded to Point Lookout Road and Piney Point Road for a robbery report. Investigation revealed Jonathan McLain Barnes, 19, of Chaptico, was at a residence on Canvas Back Drive in Callaway and attempted to forcefully obtain narcotics from the victim against the victim's will. The victim was in a bathroom when Barnes entered the room grabbed a pair of scissors and attempted to stab the victim. A struggle ensued and the victim was able to escape the residence and call police. Deputy First Class Ruest located Barnes at the residence where the assault occurred. While attempting to take Barnes into custody, Barnes actively resisted and assaulted Deputy Wood by grabbing Deputy Wood's arm. Barnes also provided a false name to police until he was identified by Deputy Ellis who was familiar with Barnes. Barnes' identity was further verified through a Motor Vehicle Administration photo. Barnes was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, two counts of Second Degree Assault, Resisting Arrest and False Statement to Peace Officer.
FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 11, deputies responded to a residence on Sugar Maple Court for a report of an assault with a firearm. Prior to police units arriving, a lookout was broadcast for the suspect and vehicle and that he fled the scene. Police units located the subject a short time later and identified him as Jeremy Jerrelle Taylor, 25, of Lexington Park. Investigation revealed Taylor went to the victim's residence and became involved in an argument. The argument escalated when Taylor punched the victim in the shoulder. Taylor then assaulted a second victim at the residence by grabbing and choking the victim. As Taylor was fleeing the residence, he brandished a handgun and pointed it at both victims. Taylor entered his vehicle but before leaving he shot the handgun in the direction of the victims. Police units located Taylor a short time later. Taylor was arrested and charged with First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Carrying a Handgun and Transporting a Handgun.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 7, deputies responded to a residence on Munley Lane in Lexington Park for an assault report. Investigation revealed Brian Marcus Ceasar, 31, of Lexington Park, became involved in an argument with the victim which escalated when Ceasar grabbed the victim and pushed the against a wall causing injury to the victim's face. Deputy Worrey arrested Ceasar and charged him with second degree assault.
THEFT: On December 8, deputies responded to the Dash-In in Leonardtown for a report of a theft. A lookout had been broadcast for the suspect. Deputy Vezzosi located a subject walking northbound on Point Lookout Road matching the lookout description. Deputy Vezzosi identified the subject as Brad Alan Willingham, 31, of Leonardtown. During a search of Willingham, Deputy Vezzosi located stolen merchandise in Willingham's jacket pocket as well as a metal tin containing suspected xanax pills. Willingham was arrested and charged with Theft and CDS Possession.
THEFT: On December 8 at approximately 10:10 p.m., deputies responded to a report of disorderly subjects inside the K-Mart, located on Alton Lane in California. Investigation revealed a store employee observed two subjects who appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance and concealing merchandise under their clothing. Corporal Merritt made contact with Cassady Lee Todd, 24, of Lexington Park, and David Wayne Lamb, Jr., 23, of Victorian Drive, California. Corporal Merritt inquired about a bulge under Todd's shirt. When she lifted her shirt, several items of stolen merchandise fell to the ground. During a search of Todd, Corporal Merritt located several white pills of suspected hydrocodone in Todd's pants pocket. Deputy Ellis located several items of merchandise in Lamb's pocket. Todd was charged with Theft and CDS Possession. Lamb was charged with Theft.
DRUG ARREST: On December 9, Deputy First Class Boyer was conducting a patrol check in the area of Great Mills Road and FDR Boulevard in Lexington Park when he observed an occupied vehicle running with its lights off parked near several closed businesses. Dfc. Boyer made contact with a passenger, Darwin Terrell Banks, 39, of Lexington Park. Banks consented to a search. During the search, Dfc. Boyer located a metal CDS smoking device with suspected crack cocaine located in Banks' pants pocket. Banks was arrested and charged with CDS Possession and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.