LEONARDTOWN, Md. (October 3, 2012)The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) released the following incident and arrest reports. BCI is an investigative team comprised of detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack. The unit was established on July 1, 2003 and is based in Leonardtown.
7-11 ROBBED BY MAN WITH HAMMER: On September 16 at approximately 1:20 a.m., police units responded to the 7-11 Store in Mechanicsville for the report of a robbery. Responding officers determined that a male subject entered the store, obtained a cup of coffee and approached the counter. As the clerk opened the register, the subject threw the cup of hot coffee on the employee and jumped over the counter. A struggle ensued at which time the subject produced a hammer and threatened the clerk. The subject obtained cash from the register and fled the store.
Detectives from BCI responded to the store and assumed the investigation. On September 21, detectives identified the suspect and arrested Daniel W. Kamperin, 21, of Charlotte Hall,
pictured at left. Kamperin was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, 2nd Degree Assault and incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center. Kamperin was later released after posting a $5,000 bond.
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING UPDATE: On September 29 at approximately 1:56 a.m., deputies were called to the 2300 block of Sugar Maple Court in California for a report of a disturbance. The complainant reported hearing yelling coming from the parking lot area of the condominiums.
Corporal Michael George, a nine-year veteran of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and Corporal William Rishel, an eight-year veteran of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the complaint. Both corporals are assigned to the Special Operations Division. They were operating marked police vehicles, were dressed in uniform and were the only two deputies on the scene. Upon arrival, the corporals were confronted by Stephen Robert Wycoff, 39, California. A violent struggle ensued between the deputies and the suspect. Corporal George discharged his firearm fatally wounding Wycoff.
Corporal George and Corporal Rishel were transported to St. Mary's Hospital where they were treated for the non-incapacitating injuries received during the confrontation. Both deputies were treated and released from the hospital. Corporal George and Corporal Rishel have been placed on routine administrative leave.
Detectives from BCI and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Office of Professional Responsibilities responded to the scene and are continuing the investigations. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
WOMAN BEATEN & ROBBED: On September 30, officers responded to Exploration Drive Lexington Park for the reported robbery. Responding officers located a 53-year-old female victim who advised she was walking to her vehicle when she was approached from behind and struck from behind and repeatedly struck in the face. The victim's purse was stolen and the assailant fled in the victim's vehicle. Officers broadcast a lookout for the vehicle and the victim was transported to a local area trauma center by Maryland State Police helicopter.
The victim's vehicle was located unoccupied behind the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and witnesses provided a description of the driver. Officers located Patrick Lesean Butler, 19, of Lexington Park,
pictured at left, in the area and identified him as the assailant. Detectives with BCI responded and assumed the investigation. Butler was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he was charged with: Robbery, Assault Second Degree, Theft - Motor Vehicle, and Theft Under $100. Butler remains incarcerated in lieu of $250,000 bond.
PIZZA DELIVERY ROBBERY ARREST: On September 9 at approximately 2:55 p.m., police units responded to an apartment complex in California for the report of an attempted armed robbery of a pizza delivery person. Responding officers determined a male subject approached the victim, armed with a handgun, and demanded the pizzas from the victim. The victim refused and fled in his vehicle. The suspect fled on foot to the rear of the complex.
Detectives from BCI assumed the investigation. On September 26, detectives identified the suspect and arrested Bababo O. Obaro, 17, of White Plains,
pictured at left. Bababo was charged as an adult with Armed Robbery and incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center under no bond.
Additional arrests are pending.
PLAZA BOOKS ROBBERY ARREST: On September 13 at approximately 9:20 p.m., police units responded to Plaza Books in Lexington Park for the report of an armed robbery. Responding officers determined two male subjects entered the store armed with handguns and demanded money from the victim. The victim provided one suspect with proceeds from the business. The second suspect stole property of the business and both suspects fled the store on foot.
Detectives from BCI responded to the store and assumed the investigation. Detectives identified one suspect as Dontevious T. Dorsey, 19, of Lexington Park,
pictured at left, and an arrest warrant was obtained. On September 25, patrol units located Dorsey and placed him under arrest. Dorsey was charged with Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Theft $1,000-$10,000 and incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond. The second suspect involved in the robbery remains at large.
Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence . Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned.