St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Nov. 22, 2014)—The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following arrest reports.

Sex Offender Charged With Attempted Rape

On November 21 at 10:30 AM, patrol units responded to a private residence in California for the report of a robbery and attempted sexual assault. Deputies determined the victim received a knock on her door and after opening the door was confronted by a black male whom she recognized as being from the neighborhood. The suspect asked to use the telephone and was allowed inside.

Once inside the residence the suspect suddenly displayed a handgun and approached the victim while ordering her to remove her clothing. The victim refused at which time the suspect grabbed the victim around the neck and began strangling her until she lost consciousness. The suspect then took the victim's cell phone and fled the area. When the victim regained consciousness she used a neighbor's phone to call 911. The victim was subsequently transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for medical treatment of her injuries.

David Leon Thomas, age 34, of California, Md. (Arrest photo)Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect through a photographic line-up prepared by detectives. In short order, detectives located the suspect, identified as David Leon Thomas, age 34, of California, and placed him under arrest.

Thomas was charged with Armed Robbery, First Degree Assault, and Attempted First Degree Rape. Thomas is currently a Maryland Registered Sex Offender out of Calvert County and was also charged with Failure to Notify Sex Offender Registry of Address Change. Thomas had provided information he was homeless and living in Calvert County which was determined to be inaccurate. Thomas was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Juvenile Charged with Leonardtown Burglary

On November 14, patrol units responded to a residence for a burglary to a private residence. The victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence by breaking the lock to a kitchen window. Once inside, suspect(s) located the key to a safe and stole several firearms and knives. Crime lab technicians responded and processed the crime scene. The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.

On November 16, Detective Corporal David Alexander and Detective Scott Ruest were able to identify a suspect in the case. On November 20, detectives located the suspect, identified as a 16-year-old male from Leonardtown, and placed him under arrest for the burglary. Detectives subsequently recovered 34 firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 8 knives, and 1 guitar—which accounts for all of the items and weapons stolen during the burglary.

The juvenile was transported to the sheriff’s office, where he was processed and released to a parent pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. The juvenile was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Theft $1,000 to $10,000, and Theft Under $1,000.

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: 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 . 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 .

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