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The Southern Calvert Gazette Newspaper

Posted on January 05, 2012

LA PLATA, Md. (January 5, 2012)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

Police are looking for this suspect in connection with the armed robbery of a female manager of a local fast food establishment this morning.  The woman had just left the business with a bank deposit bag.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with the armed robbery of a female manager of a local fast food establishment this morning. The woman had just left the business with a bank deposit bag.

POLICE SEEK IDENTITY OF ROBBERY SUSPECT: Charles County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the identity of a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a citizen. A forensic artist created a sketch of the suspect, shown above, and Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.

On January 5 at 9:47 a.m., officers responded to 3005 Crain Highway in Waldorf after the manager of a fast food business reported she was leaving the restaurant when she was approached by a man who pointed a handgun at her and demanded the bank deposit bag she was carrying. The victim complied and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as a black male in his 40's, 6'0", 180-220 lbs., black beard, well-groomed, wearing pressed blue jeans, a dark green or blue windbreaker with a full front zipper, and a black skull cap.

Anyone with information is asked to 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.

Arthur Lewis Lancaster, 19, on left, and his friend, Christopher David Manning, 17, have been charged in connection with a home invasion and assault of their 77-year-old neighbor. The man had given them jobs in the past and the teens subsequently assume he had cash in his home for the taking, according to investigators. (Arrest photos)Arthur Lewis Lancaster, 19, on left, and his friend, Christopher David Manning, 17, have been charged in connection with a home invasion and assault of their 77-year-old neighbor. The man had given them jobs in the past and the teens subsequently assume he had cash in his home for the taking, according to investigators. (Arrest photos)
Arthur Lewis Lancaster, 19, on left, and his friend, Christopher David Manning, 17, have been charged in connection with a home invasion and assault of their 77-year-old neighbor. The man had given them jobs in the past and the teens subsequently assumed he had cash in his home for the taking, according to investigators. (Arrest photos)

DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECTS IN HOME INVASION AND FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On Dec. 19, at 10:54 p.m., officers were called to the 2300 block of Woodberry Drive in Bryans Road for the report of a burglary and assault. Investigation revealed two masked suspects forcibly entered the victim's home by smashing out the rear sliding glass door with a baseball bat. Once inside, the suspects were confronted by the homeowner, a 77-year-old male. One of the suspects demanded money from the victim but the victim grabbed a phone and threatened to call police. At that point, the suspects struck the victim multiple times with the bat and fled from the house. The victim managed to call police who arrived to find him suffering from multiple injuries. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was admitted.

As officers processed the crime scene, a male approached and began asking about the victim's injuries. Detectives noted the subject was wearing bloody clothing and made several comments suggesting he had some involvement in the case. After investigating further, detectives learned the male, Arthur Lewis Lancaster, 19, and his friend, Christopher David Manning, 17, both neighbors of the victim, broke into the victim's house because they thought he was not at home. They had worked for the victim in the past and thought he may have money inside.

Evidence was recovered linking both suspects to the crime and they were subsequently arrested and charged. Lancaster was charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault, burglary and destruction of property. Manning was charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property. They were remanded to the Charles County Detention Center.

THEFT: On Jan. 4 at 12 p.m., officers responded to the 11700 block of Pike Drive in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Unknown suspect(s) stole two, four-ton dollies, orange in color, from the parking lot. Officer S. Duley is investigating.

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