St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 23, 2012)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

CITIZEN FINGERPRINTING SERVICES: Effective immediately, the Sheriff's Office will no longer be able to offer fingerprinting services to the public. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has completely automated its central repository for fingerprints and will no longer accept ink rolled hard-copy fingerprint cards. The Sheriff's Office does not currently have the capability to electronically fingerprint citizens. Citizens who require fingerprinting for pre-employment background checks should visit the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services website at for a listed of Maryland approved commercial fingerprinting location throughout the state.

ALLEGED SEX OFFENSES INVOLVING MINOR CHILD: On April 5, detectives from the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations initiated an investigation regarding alleged sex offenses involving a minor child. The female victim, now 18 years of age, reported to law enforcement officials in Texas she had been sexually assaulted multiple times over a period of several years by a relative, while residing in St. Mary's County. The victim was 8 years old at the time the incidents began.

On April 18, following a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving BCI detectives, detectives from the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office in Texas and Anne Arundel County Police, suspect Byron B. Wood, age 47, of Mechanicsville, was located and arrested in Anne Arundel County. Wood was subsequently taken to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with 1 count of Second Degree Sex Offense and 1 count of Engaging in an Ongoing Course of Conduct over a Period of 90 days or more with a Victim under the Age of 14. Wood was later released by a District Court Commissioner on Personal Recognizance.

POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN: On April 20, Deputy Krum initiated a vehicle stop on a Ford Explorer which travelled through radar exceeding the posted speed limit. Deputy Krum contacted the driver, Phillip Edwin Levy III, 29 of Lexington Park. As Deputy Krum was speaking with Levy, Deputy Krum observed a semi-automatic handgun partially concealed in the vehicle's open center console. Deputy Krum had Levy exit the vehicle. Deputy Krum removed the handgun from the vehicle. The handgun was loaded and Levy did not have a handgun permit. Levy was arrested and charged with wearing and/or carrying a handgun in a vehicle.

DRUG ARREST: On April 21, Deputy Flerlage stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Francis Darnell Thomas, 48, of Clements, was the operator of the vehicle and Jennifer Rebecca Leann Cross, 29, of Avenue, was the passenger. A wanted check of both individuals revealed Cross had an open bench warrant for failing to appear in court on a second degree assault charge. Cross was arrested. A consent search of the vehicle revealed suspected crack cocaine inside of the vehicle. Thomas and Cross were both charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On April 21 at approximately 1:10 a.m., deputies responded to the corner of Columbus Drive and Pacific Drive in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival the deputies observed Javone Lawrence Warrick, 20, of Callaway, sitting on the hood of a vehicle parked in the residential parking lot. Deputies had previously been to the same location earlier in the evening and spoke with Warrick regarding complaints that he was causing a disturbance. Each time the deputies made contact with Warrick they had asked him to quiet down. Deputy Pontorno once again made contact with Warrick and asked him to go inside of the residence. Warrick began yelling profanity which drew the attention of the neighbors. Warrick was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER: On April 19, Brian Christopher Ingalls, 26, of Lexington Park, was served with a Protective Order. The conditions of Protective Ordered stated that Ingall was only permitted to contact the other party named in the Protective Order to facilitate child visitation. Ingall contacted the other party outside of the scope of facilitating visitation which violated the conditions of the Protective Order. Ingall was arrested and charged with violating the conditions of a Protective Order.

DRUG ARREST: On April 18, deputies responded to a disturbance call on Fox Ridge Road in Lexington Park. While investigating the disturbance complaint, deputies discovered suspected marijuana and controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia inside the residence. Clayton Timothy Dixon, 31, of Lexington Park, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. Arresting Officer - Deputy Wood #248.

DRUG ARREST: On April 18 at approximately 11:10 p.m., Deputy Krum was conducting a patrol check at Chancellors Run Park in Lexington Park. The parked was closed. As Deputy Krum was patrolling through the park he observed a gray truck enter the park, make an immediate u-turn and exit the park. As the truck was exiting the park, Deputy Krum observed the vehicle was not displaying a rear license plate. Deputy Krum conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Raymond NMN Perez, 39, of Lexington Park. As Deputy Krum was speaking with Perez he could smell odor of burnt marijuana. Further investigation revealed Perez to be in possession of suspected marijuana. Perez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. Arresting Officer - Deputy Krum #260.

FAILING TO OBEY A LAWFUL ORDER OF A POLICE OFFICER, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RESISTING ARREST: On April 18 at approximately 11:25 p.m., deputies responded to an apartment on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies were met by Shuree Sinese Weems, 31, of Lexington Park. Weems was standing outside of the apartment complex screaming. Deputies asked Weems several times to lower her voice as she was causing other residents to exit their apartments to investigate the disturbance. Weems refused to stop yelling. Deputies told Weems she was under arrest. As deputies attempted to handcuff Weems, she tensed her body and pulled her arms around to the front of her body refusing to be handcuffed. Deputies were eventually able to handcuff Weems and transport her to the detention center. Weems was charged with failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Arresting Officer - Deputy Wood #248.

SUBWAY ROBBED: On April 16 at 07:47 a.m., patrol units responded to an armed robbery at Subway located in San Souci Plaza. An armed male entered the establishment, approached an employee and demanded money. The employee complied and the suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact Detective Sarah Russell at 301-475-4200 ext. 9105. Tipsters may also provide information by contacting Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 or text your information to CRIMES (274637). Simply enter "TIP239" (847239) before your tip. Caller can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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