PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (April 23, 2012)The Calvert County Sheriff's Office has released the following incident and arrest reports.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: During the week of April 16-22, deputies responded to 3,590 calls for service throughout the community.
PLANNED ENFORCEMENT EXERCISES APRIL-AUGUST: The Sheriff's Office will be conducting several initiatives (Smooth Operator, Click it or Ticket and Checkpoint/Strikeforce) throughout the next several months. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of wearing seatbelts, adhering to the posted speed limits and using a designated driver if you plan on consuming alcohol. These operations will be conducted with the assistance of the Maryland State Police. These operations are made possible through grant funding from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Sheriff Mike Evans said, "Together we can all make a difference by doing our parts individually to allow adequate time to get to our destinations, wearing seatbelts and having a designated driver when we go out and consume alcoholic beverages!"
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Sometime between April 13 and 16 unknown suspect(s) damaged the boardwalk railing and bollards at the Chesapeake Beach Nature Trail causing $150 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact 1st Sgt. C. Bowen at 410-535-2800.
THEFT: Sometime between April 16 and 17 someone stole a maroon and black colored Tony Hawk special edition 18 inch boys bicycle valued at $130 and a pink and white colored Tony Hawk special edition 18 inch girls bicycle also valued at $130 from the yard of a residence in the 4000 block of Hallowing Point road in Prince Frederick. DFC S. Morder is investigating.
THEFT: Someone stole $800 worth of copper wire, metal, steel and aluminum items from the yard of a home on Arthur King Road in Prince Frederick sometime between April 8 and 16. Dep. G. Gott is investigating.
BURGLARY: The Chesapeake Auction House on St. Leonard Road was burglarized overnight between April 18 and 19. At this time it is unknown if anything was stolen. DFC J. Hardesty is investigating.
DISORDERLY: Cpl. A. Moschetto responded to a home on Lariat Lane in Lusby on April 19 at 1:05 a.m. for the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival Cpl. Moschetto observed a female attempting to kick the door in repeatedly. Moschetto advised her to stop and she continued kicking the door. The subject was taken into custody and resisted by putting her hands in her pockets and continuously struggling and not obeying lawful orders. Melissa Lynn Westmoreland, 30 of Lusby, was subdued, arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property less than $500, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
ASSAULT: On April 20 at 3:30 p.m. DFC P. Aurich responded the community park at Lake Shore Drive in Owings for the report of a suspicious person. The complainant advised that a man had been asking several children if they were at the park alone and where their parents were. The children gave a description and advised the direction the man was last seen walking toward. DFC Aurich located the subject walking on Arbor Way and attempted to stop him for questioning. The subject refused to stop and subsequently got into a struggle with DFC Aurich and Dep. J. Denton who responded to assist. The subject, later identified as Sean Wyatt Pullman, 23 of Owings, kicked and punched at the officers and attempted to grab one of the officer's weapons but was unsuccessful. Pullman was subdued and handcuffed. Pullman was arrested and charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault, two counts of causing physical injury to a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of his duties and resisting arrest.
THEFT: A woman had her shiny purple purse stolen from her cart as she was loading her packages into her vehicle at the Prince Frederick Walmart on April 20 at 3:30 p.m. DFC R. Brady is investigating.
DISORDERLY: On April 20 at 7:21 p.m. Dep. M. Quinn arrested Wesley Alden Fancher, 28 of Lusby, at the Calypso Bay Restaurant on Charles Street in Solomons after he became disorderly and almost pushed someone off the deck into the water. Fancher was advised by police more than five times to leave the area but he refused. He was arrested and charged with failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order and disorderly conduct.
DISORDERLY: On April 20 at 10:40 p.m. Dep. C. Fox arrested Melvin Douglas Ferris, 51 of Huntingtown, at the Dunkirk Walmart for disorderly conduct. Employees of the store advised Dep. Fox that Ferris appeared drunk and was harassing customers and employees inside the store.
DRUG ARREST: Cpl. G. Shrawder arrested [Name redacted. State dropped all
charges on 06/11/2012] on April 22 at 7:20 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick after he responded there for a call for suspected drug use. Cpl. Shrawder could smell the odor of burning marijuana coming from the suspect's room.
[Name redacted] was charged with possession of marijuana and use of drug paraphernalia, a metal jewelry case used to store the marijuana.
RACIST VANDAL ARRESTED: Between mid-February and mid-March 2012, the Sunderland and Huntingtown areas of Calvert County were plagued with numerous cases of property destruction and defacing. Utilizing black, green or chrome (silvery-white) colored paint, the suspect(s) repeatedly wrote derogatory racial slurs or drew "white power" related insignia on numerous items. The primary target of the suspect(s) was members of the African American community. The suspect(s) would write comments or draw pictures and/or symbols on guardrails, street signs, privately owned signs, the side of a residence, barns, trees, a utility box, and even on the roadway surface itself. The suspect(s) targeted poorly lit, sparsely populated and/or secluded areas on or near Claggett Road, Dalrymple Road, Hardesty Road, Sunderleigh Drive and Ponds Wood Road. Losses related to the repair or replacement of all of the items the suspect(s) defaced is estimated at just under $5,000. The principle victims, based on property destruction amounts, were the Calvert County Government, the Sunderleigh Home Owner's Association and Builtrite Homes, Inc.
and State Police Barrack "U" coordinated their efforts to identify the suspect(s) involved with these hate crime related property destructions. Various investigative sources eventually led investigators to one primary suspect. In mid-April, an arrest warrant was sought and on April 18, Curtis Lee Millsap II, 26, was arrested at his address in Sunderland without incident. During the course of the investigation, Millsap confirmed that he did deface one of the barns in question but denied defacing or destroying any other property.
Millsap has been charged with one count of malicious destruction scheme over $500; three counts of malicious destruction of property with value over $500; and six counts of malicious destruction of property with value under $500.
ASSAULT: On Thursday, April 5, at approximately 9:35 a.m., a 911 call was received at the Calvert County Control Center in reference to a fight in progress. The witness/complainant reported that one man was beating another man with a "brick" at 133 Cove Point Road in Lusby. The complainant also knew that fire marshals were in the area investigating a house fire and alerted them of the fight.
Deputy Fire Marshals D. Brenneman and M. Bean immediately responded to the location of the crime. As they arrived they saw a black male holding a large brick and standing over a white male on the ground. DFM Brenneman drew his weapon and engaged the suspect. Using loud verbal commands, DFM Brenneman directed the suspect to drop the brick and step away from the victim. The suspect complied and DFM Bean took him into custody without incident. Within minutes of the suspect's arrest, units from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police arrived.
The suspect was identified as Jarel Armand Stepney, 22, of Lusby. The victim was identified as Ashley Edmond Mayes, 41, also of Lusby. The victim was suffering from numerous deep lacerations to his face and scalp and was bleeding profusely. A large quantity of blood loss related to the victim's injuries was evident and he was also lapsing in and out of consciousness. EMS personnel requested that Mayes be flown to a local trauma center due to his extensive injuries. Maryland State Police's Aviation Division flew Mayes to Prince George's County Hospital.
Investigators with C.I.T. arrived as Mayes was being transported from the scene to the landing site. Stepney had blood on his clothes and his T-shirt was ripped around his neck. He also had blood on his hands and forearms. He advised that he was not hurt and did not need medical attention. He stated that the victim was hurting a member of Stepney's family and that was why they fought. He made no other statements. Stepney was transported from the scene.
The crime scene revealed that the actual fight occurred in the vicinity of the residence's front door, walkway and the corner of the residence. This is where the victim and suspect were seen by the complainant and where the responding Fire Marshals found the suspect standing over the victim. Crime Scene personnel responded and processed the scene and collected evidence.
Stepney was interviewed at the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and declined to make a statement. Mayes was interviewed at the Prince George's County Hospital. He advised that Stepney was watching TV at the house and was causing no problems. They both decided to go outside to smoke cigarettes. As they started to smoke, for no apparent reason Stepney started hitting Mayes with his hands and fists. The initial assaults knocked Mayes to the walkway and Stepney got on top of Mayes. Stepney continued to strike Mayes with his fists and then was able to obtain the brick pavers which were nearby. Stepney struck Mayes numerous times with the brick pavers about the face and head and Mayes almost went unconscious. During the attack, Mayes recalled the witness/complainant arriving. The police then arrived and arrested Stepney.
Mayes had numerous, deep lacerations about his face, head and scalp. Mayes' injuries were extensive but he is expected to survive.
Stepney was charged with 1st degree assault; 2nd degree assault; and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. Stepney remains incarcerated in the Calvert County Detention Center.
UNDERAGE DRINKING: On February 4 at 6:34 p.m., Sheriff Mike Evans and members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to 665 Patuxent Reach Drive in Prince Frederick for a report of an underage drinking party. Upon arrival Sheriff Evans, Cpl. Libby and F/Sgt. Payne made contact with a juvenile, who appeared to be intoxicated, in the driveway who stated that the party was in the basement of the house. Sheriff Evans and the deputies then made contact with several juveniles in the rear of the house that also appeared intoxicated. Sheriff Evans and the deputies were able to locate the host of the party, a 22-year-old resident of the home. He stated that he let the juveniles consume the alcohol and he had no idea that his younger brother was having a large party. The party was ended with deputies writing 16 Alcohol Citations for underage drinking.
Further investigation was conducted into the party at a later date and information was obtained to verify that the above 22-year-old had allowed the consumption of the alcohol by the juveniles. The 22-year-old will be charged on a citation at a later date for furnishing alcohol to minors. All of the parents of the juveniles in attendance were contacted and informed of the incident. The owner of the residence was contacted as well.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST MINORS: In January of this year, members of the Calvert Investigative Team began investigating a sex offense that occurred on January 16 at Nick's of Calvert grocery store in Prince Frederick. During this particular investigation it was learned that an 11-year-old girl had been touched inappropriately by a white male while inside the store. The victim believed the male to be in his 40's and provided a suspect description.
On April 6 two young girls came forward to report being inappropriately touched while shopping at the Prince Frederick Wal-Mart that day. The suspect description and Modus Operandi (MO) in this case was similar to that in the case which occurred at Nick's.
While investigating the aforementioned cases it was learned that the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office was also investigating at least two cases similar to those that occurred in Calvert County. The suspect description and MO were similar to the Calvert County cases.
Investigation led to a suspect identified as David Alan Dobbs, 54 of Port Republic.
On April 13 members from the Calvert Investigative Team, St. Mary's Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit executed a search and seizure warrant at Dobbs' residence. Several items of evidence were seized during the execution of the search warrant.
Two Calvert County arrest warrants have been served on Dobbs charging him with three counts of 3rd degree sex offense, three counts of 4th degree sex offense, and three counts of 2nd degree assault. Additional charges of child pornography are pending. Dobbs has also been charged by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office for offenses committed there.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sgt. R. Naughton of the C.I.T. at 410-535-1600, extension 2593.
DRUG ARRESTS: On March 30, members of the Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team and the Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at a home on Sharon Circle in Sunderland. Evidence of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia was found throughout the house. Marijuana seized from one bedroom totaled 485.50 grams and 41.50 grams was found and seized in another bedroom. A large amount of drug paraphernalia was located including a handgun, scales, plastic bags, a bag sealer, and a safe containing heat-sealed bags of marijuana. Cash in the amount of $840 was also seized. Police arrested two juveniles and 5 adult residents of the home who were all present at the time. Tania Marie Fimari, 45 (no photo available) was arrested and charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia (a marijuana smoking device) and maintaining a common nuisance by allowing drug trafficking by household members; Robert Harmon Myers, Jr., 42, is charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia (a crack cocaine smoking device) and maintaining a common nuisance by allowing drug trafficking by household members; Cameron Raymond Walden, 19, is charged with possession of marijuana in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia (a grinder); Taylor Lynn Wise, a 17-year-old being charged as an adult, is charged with possession of marijuana in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute and possession of a firearm; Steven Michael Messink, 19, is charged with possession of marijuana in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute and possession of a firearm; a sixteen-year-old male is charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia (a cellular telephone); and a seventeen-year-old female is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The two juveniles were charged on youth reports and released to a parent or relative.