St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Reports - Southern Maryland Headline News

St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Reports


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 28, 2014)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

HOME INVASION: On April 15, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Sheriff's Office patrol units responded to the 41000 block of Norris Court in Leonardtown for the report of a home invasion. Deputies determined two suspects entered the unsecure residence armed with handguns and demanded money from the occupants. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and detectives responded and assumed the case.

It was determined two African American males, dressed in all black clothing and armed with dark in color handguns, entered the residence through an unlocked front door and immediately ordered the occupants to the floor. The suspects proceeded to steal cash and personal property of the victim from inside the residence before fleeing the residence on foot. One resident of the home received a small laceration to the head after being struck with one of the handguns. No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200 Ext. 9125. Citizens may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. Tipsters can also text their tips in to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Callers and tipsters do not have to leave a name, just the information. If the information leads to the arrest and conviction, the caller/tipster may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

William Russell Hobbs, age 26.Karen Lynn Dale, age 28.

DRUG RAID: Detectives conducted a several month investigation into drug activity and possible distribution at a Hollywood residence. The targets of the investigation were identified as William Russell Hobbs, 26, pictured above left, and Karen Lynn Dale, 28, pictured above right. A search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the St. Mary's County Sherif's Office Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies and Vice/Narcotics Support Team members. Heroin, syringes, marijuana, a digital scale with heroin residue and cocaine, related paraphernalia, a loaded rifle and a cellular phone were recovered. Due to the condition of the home and the poor conditions four children (Ages 10 to 9 months) were forced to live in, Child Protective Services were contacted and responded. As a result of their investigation, the children were removed from the home. Both suspects were arrested and additional charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY VIOLATION: On April 28, at 8:49 a.m., while conducting sex offender address verification checks, Detective Corporal William Raddatz of the Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, learned John A. Combs, Sr., 41, of Lexington Park, a Tier I Registered Sex Offender, was not residing at the address reported to the registry. Combs, Sr. was located and arrested.

Combs, Sr. was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center, charged with failing to notify the Registry of an Address Change as Required by Law and incarcerated pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

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: somd.me/presumed-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. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at somd.me/mdcasesearch . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at somd.me/expungeme .

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