So. Md. Police News Briefs

Political Campaign Signs Stolen

PRINCE FREDERICK—Between the dates of June 30 and July 13, an unknown culprit(s) stole various campaign signs from Sheriff Mike Evans. These signs were stolen from Mt. Harmony Road, Federal Oaks drive in Sunderland and on one night five signs were stolen from the Plum point Road area. The values of these signs are in excess of $800.00. Delegate Mark Fisher also had one sign stolen from Federal Oaks and various yard signs from the twin beach area. In addition Sheriff Evans had one sign on Huntington Road that was shot. The two concerns are the destruction of property and more importantly a bullet was fired near a residential neighborhood. Sheriff Evans and Delegate Fisher have both personally offered a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved. This case is currently under investigation by Deputy J. Buck. If you have any information about this or any crime, Please contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410)535-2800 or to remain anonymous contact Crime Solvers at (410)535-2880. Please visit the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office website at for online anonymous tips. Any other candidates who have experienced thefts of signs are encouraged to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.

Home Invasion

MECHANICSVILLE—The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division-Central South Region is currently investigating a home invasion robbery incident which occurred in Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that on July 16, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m., two unknown African American males, dressed in all black clothing, armed with a handgun and an assault rifle, entered the residence through the front door and immediately ordered the occupants to the floor. The suspects proceeded to steal property belonging to the victims from inside the residence before fleeing the residence. The victims suffered minor injuries but refused medical attention. Troopers from the Maryland State Police - Leonardtown Barrack initially responded to the scene. Investigators from MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The victims provided a description of the suspects:

African American male #1: is approximately 5-07, 150-160 lbs., with a full mask, dressed in a long sleeve black shirt, black jogging pants

African American male #2: is approximately 5-09 to 5-11, 170-190 lbs., with a partial face mask.

Anyone with information regarding this home invasion robbery is asked to contact Trooper First Class Reuschling of the Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region at 301-475-8955 or 443-684-4130.

Aggressive Dog Shot After Attacking Trooper In St. Mary’s Co.

MECHANICSVILLE—A large pit bull was wounded after it attacked a Maryland State Trooper responding to an unconscious person Wednesday morning in St. Mary’s County.

Just after 9:00 a.m., a trooper from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the 47000 block of King Drive in Mechanicsville for the report of a person not breathing at the residence. When the trooper arrived, a non-responsive male was lying in the back door of the house. As the trooper entered the residence, a large pit bull began to charge. As the dog attempted to bite, the trooper struck the animal with her baton. The dog retreated outside of the residence. The trooper was unable to close the door because of the position of the unconscious subject.

Moments later, the pit bull attack a second time grabbing the baton, pulling it from the trooper’s hand. The dog dropped the baton and lunged at the trooper biting her on the right foot. In fear for her safety, the trooper fired her State Police issued .40 caliber pistol, wounding the dog and ending the threat. The dog fled the scene.

Maryland State Police investigators responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation. They interviewed multiple residents in the area who were familiar with the dog. Witnesses revealed this pit bull has bitten others in the past.

St. Mary’s County Animal Control also responded to the scene to search the area for the wounded dog. The investigation is continuing.

Illegal immigrant charged with Prostitution and soliciting a minor for prostitution

In May of 2014, a detective from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Vice/Narcotics Division, was contacted by Hermegildo Escamilla-Granados, 30, from Frederick, after posting a non-sexual advertisement on a classified-based website commonly viewed by sexual offenders. The undercover officer, who posed as a 16-year-old female, exchanged numerous emails with Escamilla-Granados for several weeks. During the course of the email exchanges, Escamilla-Granados solicited the undercover officer to engage in sexual intercourse for U.S. currency, requested the undercover officer send him nude photographs, and sent a photograph of his genitalia to the officer.

As the result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Escamilla-Granados, charging him with prostitution and soliciting a minor for prostitution.

On July 17, detectives from the SMCSO, Vice/Narcotics Division, traveled to Frederick and apprehended Escamilla-Granados. Escamilla-Granados was transported back to St. Mary's County and served a copy of his arrest warrant. While processing Escamilla-Granados, it was discovered he entered the United States illegally approximately 13 years ago. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified of the arrest at which time a detainer was issued, requiring Escamilla-Granados to remain in custody pending a review of his immigration status and alleged offense. For the original charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution, Escamilla-Granados received a $7,500.00 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected pending a review by the State's Attorney.

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