LEONARDTOWN, Md. (March 12, 2014)The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
Two teen girls assault, sexually abuse mentally-diminished teen male
On March 7, Corporal Andrew Holton of the Special Operations Division initiated an investigation into the alleged assault of a 16-year-old male with a diminished mental capacity by two female suspects known to the victim. During the investigation, Corporal Holton obtained evidence that multiple incidents had been recorded on cell phones utilized by the suspects. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were contacted and assisted Corporal Holton in the investigation.
On March 10, Detectives Scott Ruest and Ashley Croyle obtained and reviewed cell phone videos from the two female suspects cell phones. Both suspects were interviewed and acknowledged recording the incidents which confirmed the victim had been assaulted with a knife on multiple occasions, coerced to perform various sexual acts, kicked in the groin, and dragged around by his hair. Suspects further coerced the victim to walk onto a partially frozen pond leading him to fall through the ice several times; suspects then refused to assist him out of the frigid water.
Lauren A. Bush, 17, of Mechanicsville, was arrested and charged as an adult with 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree, 2 counts of Assault 2nd Degree, Soliciting Subject in the Production of Child Pornography, False Imprisonment and incarcerated in the St. Marys County Detention Center.
The second suspect, a 15-year-old female, was charged with 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree, 2 counts of Assault 2nd Degree, Soliciting Subject in the Production of Child Pornography, and False Imprisonment. She is being detained at Waxters Childrens Center pending further action by juvenile justice authorities.
Update Released on March 12: Chopticon High School sent out a message to parents regarding the investigation involving 2 females assaulting a teenage male. The message requested parents call the Sheriff's Office for additional information, which prompted parents to inaccurately believe there was an ongoing incident at Chopticon High School. ALL incidents involving this investigation occurred outside of school and no other persons are involved in the investigation. Both female suspects have been arrested.
Unless you have information relative to this case that you would like to provide to detectives, please refrain from calling the Sheriff's Office regarding this matter.
Barricade Suspect Surrenders
On March 10 at 9:13am, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections officers responded to a residence on Independence Drive to serve an arrest warrant. Officers made contact with suspect Eldridge Eugene Shade, age 48, to serve a retake warrant for a parole violation when he closed the door and refused to exit the residence. Those officers requested assistance and deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
Once on the scene, patrol supervision determined the situation was a barricade and requested additional Sheriff's Office resources and personnel respond. Emergency Services Team (EST) and Critical Incident Negotiation Team (CINT) personnel immediately responded to the scene.
Nearby homes were evacuated and Independence Drive was closed to traffic for precautionary measures. Once a perimeter was established by the EST, members of the CINT directed Shade and any other occupants of the residence to come outside.
At approximately 10:45am, Shade exited the residence without incident and was taken into custody. He was turned over to Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections officers for service of the arrest warrant.
Disorderly Conduct Leads to Arrests
On March 9 at 1:27am, deputies responded to the WaWa located on the corner of Three Notch Road and St. Andrew's Church Road for a large crowd in the parking lot. While on the scene, several individuals began to fight. Additional deputies arrived on the scene to assist. At that point, numerous subjects exited the WaWa and began to yell profanities toward deputies while they attempted to gain control of the escalating situation. Deputies ordered the subjects to stop yelling and leave the parking lot. Several of those subjects refused causing the crowd to become more unruly and the situation to escalate further.
Four subjects were arrested as a result of their continued refusal to stop yelling profanities and leave the parking lot or face being arrested. The subjects who were arrested are identified as Latoya Lee Harrod, 26, of Lexington Park; Shawn Rosevelt Thompson Sr., 26, of Chaptico; Nicole Lynn Harrod, 24, of Lexington Park; and Tyehearah Myeashia Barnes, 25, of Lexington Park.
All four were transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.
INDECENT EXPOSURE: On March 7, Deputy Lloyd responded to San Souci Plaza and made contact with a victim who indicated 2 black male suspects approached her asking for money. One of the suspects then exposed his private area to the victim. Case remains open. Case #13051-14.
ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: On March 7, Corporal A. Delozier, a school resource officer assigned to Margaret Brent Middle School, was assisting school staff with a juvenile when the juvenile struck Corporal Delozier in the face and chest with her fists. Corporal Delozier was able to gain control of the juvenile ending the assault. The female juvenile suspect and Corporal Delozier sustained minor injuries. The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with assault. Case closed. Case #13069-14.
THEFT MOTOR VEHICLE: On March 7, The complainant alleged she parked her 1995 Chevrolet Blazer in the parking lot of McKay's food store in Charlotte Hall at 9:00AM. She discovered the vehicle missing at 1:00PM. Case remains open and is being investigated by Deputy First Class Vezzosi. Case #13076-14.
BURGLARY: On March 7, Deputy First Class Knott responded to a residence on Spinnaker Circle in Lexington Park. The victim reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into her home. Case remains open. Case #13137-14.
PROPERTY DESTRUCTION: On March 7, Deputy Roszell arrested a male juvenile for property destruction at a residence on Rolling Oak Lane. The juvenile was released to a parent. Case closed. Case #13161-14.
ROBBERY: On March 8, Three victims reported they were approached by 3 black male suspects, while they were seated inside a vehicle in the area of Chaptico Market. The suspects were armed and stole property from the victims. Case remains open. Case #13332-14.
PROPERTY DESTRUCTION: On March 8, Between 3-7-14 at 10:00PM and 3-8-14 at 9:25AM unknown suspect(s) broke a sunroof to the victim's vehicle on Rogers Drive in Lexington Park. Case is being investigated by Deputy Bowen. Case #13264-14.
PROPERTY DESTRUCTION: On March 8, A victim reported unknown suspects poured substances on her vehicle, which was parked on Scotch Pine Court in California. Case is being investigated by Corporal D. Snyder. Case #13294-14.
THEFT: On March 9, Deputy Shomper responded to a residence on College Drive. The victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered her dorm room and stole personal property belonging to her. Case remains open. Case #13505-14.
BURGLARY: On March 10, An employee of the Apple Basket in Mechanicsville reported unknown suspect(s) entered the business during the night and stole US Currency. Case remains open. Assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Case #13578-14.
BURGLARY: On March 10, An employee of Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Mechanicsville reported unknown suspect(s) entered the church and stole property. Case remains open. Assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. Case #13589-14.
BURGLARY: On March 10, A victim reported being awakened to find a black male suspect opening the front door of his residence located on White Pine Court in California. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. Case remains open. Assigned to Deputy Fennessey. Case #13680-14.
BURGLARY: On March 10, A victim reported returning to his residence located on Lady Baltimore Drive and finding property missing from the residence. Case remains open. Assigned to Corporal Reppel. Case #13718-14.
SHOOTING COMPLAINT: On March 10, Deputies responded to the area of Maria Way in the Wesbury Subdivision in Lexington Park after a complainant reported hearing several gun shots. Several deputies canvassed the neighborhood and no evidence was located supporting shots had been fired. Deputies did located several broken glass bottles throughout the neighborhood on the sidewalks and in the street. Case #13708-14.
ASSAULT ON INMATE: On March 8, Deputy Phelan responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a fight involving inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Walter Dennis Cooper, 31, of Hollywood, struck the victim with his fists during an argument over cleaning a sink. Cooper was charged with 2nd Degree Assault DOC Employee (inmate).
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On March 9, Deputy First Class Knott responded to a residence on Castaway Circle in Lexington Park for a civil dispute. On his arrival, DFC Knott found suspect Tracy Evan Hemsley Jr., 19, of Lexington Park, standing on the sidewalk yelling. DFC Knott attempted to discuss the problem, however; Hemsley began to yell at another individual involved in the dispute. DFC Knott told Hemsley to stop yelling and Hemsley began to talk to DFC Knott about the dispute. A short time later, Hemsley started to yell again and told DFC Knott to lock him up. Hemsley was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.
FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT: On March 9, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence on Hawthorn Way in Lexington Park for the report of a subject with a knife. The investigation revealed suspect Nicholas Lane Maddox, 26, of Lexington Park, and the victim were inside a residence consuming alcohol when they began to argue. Eventually, the argument resulted in a mutual fight. At the conclusion of the fight, Maddox and the victim reconciled and continued to drink. As everyone was leaving, Maddox became enraged again toward the victim and produced a knife. Maddox began to waive the knife toward the victim in a threatening manner. Maddox was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st Degree Assault.
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