LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 1, 2014)The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
THEFT: On March 23, Deputy Schultz responded to Walmart in California for a theft. Loss Prevention personnel observed a female suspect, identified as Kathleen Marie Wagner, 29, of Lusby, conceal items of merchandise in her handbag. She then attempted to leave the store without paying. Wagner was charged with Theft Under $1,000 by criminal citation.
CHILD ABUSE: On March 23, Deputy Lawrence responded to a residence on Hollywood Road in Hollywood for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect William Henry Mattingly Jr., 36, of Hollywood, grabbed the victim repeatedly during an argument. Mattingly continued to assault the victim after the victim exited the residence to get away by grabbing the victim around the throat. Deputy Lawrence observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Mattingly was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault.
ASSAULT: On March 22, Deputy McCuen responded to a residence on Elderberry Way in Lexington Park for a reported assault. The victim alleged that suspect Justin Jordan Ponticelli, 28, of Lexington Park, strangled the victim by putting a towel around the victim's neck during an argument. Deputy McCuen observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim's throat. Ponticelli was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On March 23, Deputy S. Cameron responded to a residence on Bates Road in Great Mills for a disturbance. The deputy observed a large crowd surrounding a vehicle in the driveway of the residence. The investigation revealed that suspect Pierre Antonio Butler, 37, of Lexington Park, was highly intoxicated and was refusing to exit the backseat of his father's vehicle. Deputies then attempted to help get Butler to exit the vehicle when he became more aggressive and confrontational. Butler's actions caused several other people to respond to the scene surrounding the deputies. Butler was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Fail to Obey Lawful Order, and Disturbing the Public Peace.
DUI, POSSESSION CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On March 23, Deputy Schultz stopped a 2001 Ford Taurus for a traffic violation on Chancellor's Run Road in the area of Longfields Boulevard. The operator and sole occupant, identified as Jennifer Lee Boone, 31, of Lexington Park, was subsequently placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and a further search was conducted on her person. During the search, a straw containing suspected Xanax was recovered. Boone was charged with DUI, Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance - Not Marijuana, Possession Paraphernalia, and Possession CDS Place of Confinement.
SUSPECT CHARGED FOR FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT WITH HANDGUN: On March 22, a victim responded to Sheriff's Office headquarters and reported an assault, which allegedly occurred on March 21 in at a residence in Lexington Park. The victim alleged suspect Branden Kensley Hanlin, 19, of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim around the upper torso. Hanlin then retrieved a handgun from his waist band then pointed it at the victim's face. The victim was able to slap the handgun from Hanlin's hand and flee the residence. Deputy Lawrence observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Hanlin was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault.
THEFT: On March 26 a victim reported her purse was stolen during her stay at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown. Case remains open. Case #16622-14
FRAUD: On March 26 a victim who owns a business reported fraudulent changes made to an online account. Case remains open. Case #16631-14
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT: On March 26 a vehicle was traveling north bound on Route 5 in Leonardtown when the driver experienced a medical emergency. The vehicle struck a sign. The driver was flown to an area hospital for precautionary measures.
HOME INVASION: On March 27 a victim, who resides at a residence on Rogers Drive in Lexington Park, reported 2 armed black males rushed inside his residence looking for property. One of the suspects fired a round inside the residence, however no one was injured. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and crime lab personnel responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Caser remains open. Case #16694-14
TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS: On March 20 between 5:00PM and 9:00PM, deputies conducted two simultaneous comprehensive traffic enforcement operations on Point Lookout Road from Willows Road south to Bauer Road in St. Mary's City and on Point Lookout Road from Sunnyside Road to Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown. The operation was conducted by deputies on overtime paid by Maryland Highway Safety Office grant funding. Deputies conducted 57 traffic stops, which resulted in 76 written citations, 16 written warnings, 1 verbal warning, 1 Safety Equipment Repair Order, and 1 arrest for Driving Under the Influence.
SATURATION PATROL OPERATION, SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT: On March 27 between 3:30PM and 5:30PM, deputies conducted a saturation patrol operation in the Callaway and Great Mills area of St. Mary's County. Deputies initiated 30 traffic stops, which resulted in 24 written citations, 14 written warnings, and 4 criminal arrests. A 1 hour-long sobriety checkpoint was then conducted on Point Lookout Road at Camp Cosoma Road in Callaway. 252 drivers were provided checkpoint pamphlets. Additionally, 7 traffic stops were conducted during the checkpoint, which resulted in 7 written citations, 2 verbal warnings, and 2 Safety Equipment Repair Orders.
FRAUD: On March 27 a victim, who resides in California, attempted to file his income taxes and discovered they had already been filed fraudulently. The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division. Case #16814-14
FRAUD: On March 27 a victim, who resides in Drayden, attempted to file her income taxes and discovered they had already been filed fraudulently. The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division. Case #16809-14
BURGLARY: On March 27 unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence located on Golden Beach Road and stole property. Case remains open. Case #16823-14
THEFT: On March 21, Deputy First Class T. Snyder assigned to the Lexington Park COPs Unit, was at the Walmart in California speaking with the loss prevention employee when they observed a male subject exit the store with a carpet cleaning machine inside a shopping cart. The loss prevention employee attempted to ask the subject for his receipt, at which time the subject placed the shopping cart between himself and the employee. The subject then fled on foot and refused all orders to stop by DFC Snyder. After a short pursuit, the subject identified as Darwin Terrell Banks, 41, of Lexington Park, was apprehended by Deputy Snyder. The investigation revealed Banks placed the carpet cleaning machine inside a shopping cart and left the store without paying for it. While apprehending Banks, other patrons of the store stopped to see what was happening. Banks was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Theft Under $1,000, Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, and Resisting Arrest.
TRAFFIC OPERATION LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS: On March 27, Corporal Stone was participating in a traffic saturation patrol operation when he initiated a vehicle stop in the parking lot of the Sheetz in the corner of Great Mills Road and Point Lookout Road. Corporal Stone determined the driver, identified as Dimitri Paul Brooks, 19, of Lexington Park, had an active warrant for his arrest. Corporal Stone subsequently observed a prescription pill bottle with the label removed on the floorboard of the vehicle as Brooks exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest. The pill bottle contained 17 oxycodone pills. A passenger of the vehicle, identified as Michael Jerome Powell, 19, of Lexington Park, also exited the vehicle and was detained. Powell was then searched, at which time an oxycodone pill was found in his hair. Powell was placed under arrest and charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana. Brooks was placed under arrest and charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana. Both were transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center.
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