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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (December 10, 2012)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT RESULTS: On November 30, the Sheriff's Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the area of Three Notch Road and Charlotte Hall Road in Charlotte Hall. 706 vehicles passed through the two hour checkpoint. One operator was temporarily detained for suspicion of impaired driving, however; the operator preformed satisfactory on the Standardize Field Sobriety Test and was released. In addition, seven other vehicles were stopped and issued various citations and warnings for violations ranging from minor traffic offenses up to suspended driver's licenses violations.

ARMED ROBBERY OF A CITIZEN: On December 3 at 6:12 p.m., police units responded to a report of an armed robbery of a citizen in Leonardtown. The male victim advised arriving officers he had been robbed at gunpoint of an undetermined amount of U.S. currency and struck in the head with a handgun. BCI was contacted, responded to the scene and detectives assumed the investigation.

During the investigation it was determined the adult male victim had arranged to meet the suspect in an effort to purchase illegal narcotics. The victim and suspect became involved in a physical altercation at which time the suspect removed a handgun from his waistband and struck the victim in the head several times with the handgun. The suspect then kicked the victim several times in the body and stole currency from the victim. The victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital where he was treated and released for injuries incurred during the robbery.

Detectives developed a suspect identified as Lee K. Clark, Jr., 26 of Leonardtown. Clark was located and placed under arrest without incident. Clark was charged with Robbery, Assault 2nd Degree and incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center under a $7,500 bond.

TRESPASSING: On November 28, deputies responded to a disturbance at the Best Western Hotel in Leonardtown. As a result of this call, Joseph Allen Prettyman, 52 of Oxford, and Matthew Cory Patterson, 52 of Trapp, were issued No Trespassing Notices and told to leave the property. A short time later, deputies were called back to the hotel because Prettyman and Patterson had returned to the property in violation of the notice not to trespass. Prettyman and Patterson were arrested and charged with trespassing.

THEFT AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On November 28, Austin Michael Cole, 22 of Easton, purchased alcoholic beverages at a local pub in Leonardtown. Cole left the business without paying for his beverages and went to a local hotel where he became loud and disorderly. His disorderly conduct was disturbing other guests. The hotel manger asked him several time to quiet down. When Cole refused to quiet down he was asked to leave. Cole refused to leave. Deputies responded to the disturbance and Cole was identified as the individual who left the local pub without paying for his purchases. Cole was arrested and charged with theft and disorderly conduct.

THEFT: On November 29, deputies responded to the Wal-Mart in California for a report of a theft in progress. Matthew Warren Beard, 32 of no fixed address, removed toys from the shelves, passed all points of purchase and exited the store without paying for the merchandise. Wal-Mart's Loss Prevention Officers attempted to stop and detain Beard but he fled in a silver vehicle. A lookout was broadcast and the vehicle was stopped as it attempted to leave the Wal-Mart's parking lot. Beard was identified and arrested for theft under $1,000.

SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On November 29, deputies responded to a residence Valley Court in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed John Ignatius Robinson, 40 of Lexington Park, became involved in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Robison slapped and choked the victim. Robinson was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

FALSE STATEMENT TO A POLICE OFFICER: On November 29, deputies observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Jones Wharf Road in Hollywood. Before deputies could stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated and deputies temporarily lost sight of the vehicle. A short time later, deputies found the vehicle on Jones Wharf Road at Pine Ridge Court. The vehicle had been involved in a crash and the driver had left the scene. A short time later, Ozah Reginald Maduabuchi, 22 of Hollywood, the owner of the vehicle, reported the vehicle stolen. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had not been stolen. Maduabuchi had lied to the deputies. Maduabuchi was arrested and charged with making a false statement to a police officer.

SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On November 29, deputies responded to area of St. Andrews Church Road in California for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Krystal Anne Carter, 27 of Leonardtown, was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Carter struck the victim in the face and bit the victim. Carter was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER: On September 18, a protective order was issued and served on Jerome NMN Daniels, Jr., 35 of Lexington Park. The protective order, specified no contact between Daniels and the petitioner. On December 1, deputies responded to a residence on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a trespassing complaint. The victim, who was also the petitioner of the September 18th protective order, reported Daniels had trespassed on her property in violation of the order. Daniels fled the property before the deputies arrived but he was located a short time later in the area. Daniels was arrested and charged with violating the conditions of a protective order.

SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 1, deputies responded to a residence on Searfoss Court in Lexington Park for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Tiffany Rae Stiffarm, 29 of Lexington Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Stiffarm punched, slapped and scratched the victim. Stiffarm was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

THEFT: On December 1, deputies responded to the Wal-Mart in California for a report of a theft. Trinik Shatega Barnett, 18 of Leonardtown, removed children clothing from the shelves, concealed them in her purse, passed all points of purchase and exited the store without paying for the merchandise. Wal-Mart's Loss Prevention Officers attempted to stop and detain Barnett but she fled in a black, Honda prior to the deputies arriving. A lookout was broadcast and the vehicle was stopped a short time later in the area. Barnett was identified and arrested for theft under $1,000.

SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 4, deputies responded to a residence on Columbus Drive in Lexington Park for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Geoffrey Scott Welcome, 50 of Lexington Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Welcome punched and choked the victim. Welcome was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

THEFT LESS THAN $1,000: On December 7, deputies responded to Best Buy in California for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed Mark Christino Silva, 19 of no fixed address, removed a MP3 player from the shelf, concealed it on his person, walked past all points of purchase and attempted to exit the business with paying for the item. He was stopped and detained by store security until deputies arrived. Silva was arrested and charged with theft.

TRESPASSING: On December 7, deputies responded to the Loveville Tavern in Loveville for a report of a trespasser. Francis Allen Broome, 47 of Avenue, had been told several times to leave the property of the tavern by owner and he refused. Broome was told on November 25 to leave the tavern and not to return. When deputies arrived Broome was still on the tavern property. He was arrested and charged with trespassing.

DRUG ARREST: On December 8, Dfc. Watters stopped a Nissan Altima on Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville for a traffic violation. The operator was identified as Jacob Paul Heller, 31 of Waldorf. As Dfc. Watters was speaking with Heller he could smell an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed suspected marijuana and controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Heller was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

DRUG ARREST: On December 8, Keon William Sanders, 24 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an open District Court warrant for failing to appear in court. A probable cause search of Sanders incident to his arrest revealed he was in possession of suspected marijuana. Sanders was served with the warrant and charged additionally with possession of suspected marijuana.

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