LA PLATA, Md. (March 24, 2016)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
UPDATE ON HOMICIDE ON GITTINGS COURT: Charles County Sheriff's detectives have identified the victim of the homicide that occurred on March 23 as Thomas Elijah Tibbs, 19, of Waldorf. Tibbs and an acquaintance -- a 21-year-old male -- were shot in the 2500 block of Gittings Court in Waldorf after a possible altercation with the suspect. They were transported to hospitals where Tibbs was pronounced deceased and the other victim was treated for an injury that was not life-threatening. Detectives are looking into the possibility the suspect fled in a black car. Investigators are working on leads and ask anyone with information to call Detective J. Austin at (301) 609-6504. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. The investigation is continuing.
FOURTH-DEGREE BURGLARY: Sometime between March 17 at 12 p.m. and March 21 at 8 a.m., an unknown suspect stole a microwave from a home under construction in the 4000 block of Edmonton Court in White Plains. Cpl. J. Walter is investigating.
IMPAIRED DRIVER CHECKPOINT: On March 17, 2016, the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit conducted a sobriety checkpoint on St. Patrick's Drive in Waldorf. Officers from other agency divisions, as well as an officer from the La Plata Town Police Department, participated in the event using funding from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. During the checkpoint 753 drivers were contacted by officers and provided information about impaired driving. Criminal, traffic and civil citations were issued to several violators. No major incidents were reported.
STOLEN RIMS/TIRES: Sometime between March 16 at 11 p.m. and March 17 at 6 a.m., unknown suspect(s) stole the rims and tires off of a black Mercedes Benz in the 2400 block of Hanover Court in Waldorf. PFC D. Butler is investigating.
HOME INVASION/ASSAULT: On March 23 at approximately 9:05 p.m., officers responded to the area of Berry Road at Market Place for the report of a home invasion and assault that just occurred. Investigation showed Trayvon Richardson, 29 of White Plains, rammed his car into a female acquaintance's vehicle, broke into her house, and assaulted her with a screw driver, causing severe facial injuries. He fled, but responding officers spotted his car and attempted to stop him. Richardson refused to pull over and subsequently side-swiped a van, which was also struck by an officer, and continued driving south on Route 5. His car came to a stop near Gardiner Road. Richardson was arrested and transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the home invasion. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that while Richardson was fleeing, he threw a knife out of his car window which struck the head of a man who was in another vehicle. No one was injured during the pursuit. Richardson was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property, and violating a protective order. Officer J. Bottorf is investigating.
FIREARM POSSESSION: On March 12, officers responded to the 2200 block of Community Drive in Waldorf for the report of a domestic assault with a handgun. An investigation revealed that the suspect, Clinard Ware, 48 of Waldorf, had assaulted a female acquaintance before brandishing a handgun. A loaded handgun was recovered on the scene, and Ware admitted to owning more guns. It was later learned that Ware is prohibited by law from having firearms. On March 23 at 7:45 a.m., officers executed a search warrant at Ware's residence on Community Drive. Handguns, ammunition, and a variety of magazines were seized. Officer J. Pogar is investigating.