Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 21, 2013)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

CCSO IDENTIFIES DRIVER IN HIT AND RUN: Less than three days after a vehicle hit a pedestrian in a wheelchair crossing St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf and fled the scene, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver and recovered the vehicle.

Monday evening after analyzing information obtained during the on-scene investigation, the Traffic Operations Unit narrowed the description of the vehicle responsible for the crash to a 2000 white Ford Windstar van. They sent a lookout for the vehicle to all CCSO officers, one of whom recalled seeing a vehicle matching that description at a house in Waldorf. The Traffic Operations Unit investigated the lead and ultimately determined the officer had successfully identified the vehicle involved in the crash. They identified the driver as a 28-year-old Waldorf woman, interviewed her and recovered the vehicle as evidence. The investigation remains ongoing. Charges against the driver are pending.

The investigation began on Aug. 17 about 11 p.m., when the CCSO responded to the report of the crash, which occurred at the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf. The preliminary investigation indicated the victim, a 35-year-old Waldorf man in a wheelchair, was attempting to cross the parkway when a vehicle struck him and fled the scene. Witnesses called 911. Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene and believed the victim’s injuries were possibly life-threatening. The victim was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center, where his condition stabilized. He has since been released from the hospital.

THEFT FROM AUTO REPORTED: On Aug. 19, a report was made that someone stole money and cigarettes from an unlocked car in the 18100 block of Piedmont Drive in Cobb Island. The victim reported gasoline had also been siphoned from her vehicle. Officer A. Sullivan is investigating.

THEFTS FROM AUTOS REPORTED: On Aug. 19 between 1 a.m. - 5 a.m., someone stole a pair of sunglasses from a car parked in the 11600 block of Port Royal Avenue in White Plains. Another car, which was parked inside a garage on the same street, was also reportedly broken into and a wallet was stolen. Officer C. Long is investigating.

WHEELS STOLEN: Between Aug. 18 - Aug. 19, someone stole four tires and rims from a car parked in the 2600 block of Rooks Head Place in Waldorf. Officer C. Garner is investigating.

ATTEMPT THEFT FROM AUTO: Between Aug. 16 - Aug. 18, someone attempted to break into two vans parked in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Gough Drive in Waldorf. Nothing was stolen but there was damage to the vehicles. Officer P. Morgan, III is investigating.

MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On Aug. 18 at 9:44 p.m. Officer J. Morales spotted a suspicious car in the 1100 block of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. Upon approaching the car, the officer found crack/cocaine and a smoking device. The driver, Ian Edward Bates, 46, of Waldorf, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

COUPLE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE: On Aug. 16 at 11:23 p.m., Officer C. Curtis was responding to a call in the 3000 block of Waldorf Market Place. As he entered the parking lot, a vehicle passed by him driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Officer Curtis swerved to avoid a collision and turned to stop the car. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Curtis smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the car. Further investigation revealed the occupants, Calvin DePaul Watson, 19, of Fort Washington, and Zackia Zene Hammond, 19, of Washington, D.C., were in possession of 8 small bags of suspected marijuana, 7 small bags containing suspected marijuana residue, approximately 200 unused small bags and other smoking paraphernalia. Both occupants were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On Aug. 15 at 10:57 a.m., a male suspect grabbed a bank deposit bag from the hands of someone getting ready to make a deposit at a bank in the 3600 block of Waldorf Marketplace. The suspect fled, possibly in a dark colored car. Officers and a police K9 team canvassed the area. PFC M. Bourgeois investigated.

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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