St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Crime Report for July
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MEDIA RELEASE July 27, 2009 St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report for July 27, 2009 On July 17, 2009, members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, along with Trooper Pitcher from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack gathered additional information in the daytime burglaries that took place from May 27, 2009 through July 2009. Two additional suspects, Thomas Andrew Tolson, age 22 of Mechanicsville, and Brian Robert Flynn II, age 23 of Mechanicsville, were identified. They were charged with First Degree Burglary and Theft Under $500.00. They were incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Additional charges are pending a review with the State’s Attorney’s Office. On July 18, 2009, deputies responded to Monterey Place in Leonardtown for a report of an assault. The investigation revealed Thomas Brian Burchett, age 27 of Leonardtown, was in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Burchett punched the victim several times in the face with his fist. Burchett was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. On July 18, 2009, deputies responded to Donovan’s Pub in California for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies observed Mitchell Jamel Tiant, age 25 of Leonardtown, standing in the parking lot yelling profanity and throwing his hands in the air in an aggressive manner. Deputies told him to stop yelling and cursing as it was drawing the attention of others standing around. Mitchell continued his disorderly behavior. Mitchell was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Mitchell spit in the face of Deputy Michael Boyer as Deputy Boyer was walking Mitchell into the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Mitchell was also charged with Second Degree Assault. On July 18, 2009, witnesses observed Donald Sheldon Strickland, age 34 of Great Mills, break into a 2006 Toyota Highlander and steal two purses. Strickland then fled in a silver Dodge van. Witnesses were able to provide deputies with Strickland’s name, physical description and vehicle description. A lookout was broadcast and several hours later Strickland was located driving the suspect vehicle by Trooper Wesley Jefferson of the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack. Strickland was wearing the same clothing he was wearing when he broke into the vehicle and two purses were observed in plain view inside of Strickland’s vehicle. Strickland was arrested and charged with Fourth Degree Burglary, Destruction of Property and two counts of Theft Over $500.00 and two counts of Theft Under $500.00. On July 19, 2009, deputies responded to Mattapany Road in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. The investigation revealed Raymond Francis Chase Jr., age 55 of Lexington Park, was involved in an altercation with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Chase bit the victim on the arm and then confronted the victim with a knife and stated “I will cut you” as he chased the victim. On July 19, 2009, deputies responded to the Knight Life Bar in Mechanicsville for a report of a fight in the parking lot. The investigation revealed Joseph Lavon Mason, age 35 of Lexington Park, pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim who was attempting to break up a fight between two individuals in the parking lot. As Mason was pointing the gun at the victim, he made a comment that he would shoot anyone that got into the fight. The fight was witnessed by an off-duty U.S. Capital Police Officer. Mason fled in a green Ford Taurus. A short time later, Mason responded to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and charged with First and Second Degree Assault. On July 19, 2009, deputies responded to Horse Shoe Road in Clements for a report of a disturbance. The investigation revealed Robert Fitzgerald Carter, age 45 of Clements, was in a verbal altercation with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Carter smashed the victim’s head into a wall. Carter was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. On July 19, 2009, deputies responded to Budds Creek Road in Chaptico for a report of a domestic assault in progress. The investigation revealed John Lee Farrell Sr., age 54 of Chaptico, was in a verbal altercation with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Farrell struck the victim in head several times with a metal trash can. The victim fell to the floor. Farrell then grabbed the victim by the hair and smashed her head against the floor. Farrell was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. On July 20, 2009, Aimee Sharelle Moore, age 36 of Lexington Park, was charged with Second Degree Child Abuse and Second Degree Assault for striking a 15-year-old female, who was in her care and custody, in the face several times causing redness and swelling. On July 20, 2009 at approximately 0250 hours, the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call advising approximately fifteen males were fighting in the parking lot of the Wawa on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Deputies responded and found numerous persons inside and outside of the Wawa yelling and arguing with each other. Deputies recognized several of the subjects as members of the “Boom Squad” and “Outsyderz” gangs. Deputies also noted some of the individuals involved in the disturbance were also involved in a shooting incident with the past month. Deputies attempted to quell the crowd but were unsuccessful. Deputies detained several individuals as they attempted to determine what was causing the disturbance. The investigation revealed the detained subjects were causing such a disturbance that several potential customers would not stop and enter the business. In addition, several individuals had to take shelter inside of the Wawa for fear of their safety. The following individuals were arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct: 1. Jerome Anthony Chase, age 46 of Mechanicsville 2. Joseph Darren Brooks, age 32 of Lexington Park 3. Elvis Tyrell Frederick, age 23 of Loveville 4. Lerrel Eric Carey, age 20 of Lexington 5. Calverio Terrill Somerville, age 19 of Leonardtown 6. Travis Jermaine Walton, age 26 of Lexington Park 7. DeShawn Anthony Carey, age 20 of Lexington Park 8. George Vernon Maddox Jr., age 29 of Lexington Park 9. Anthony Leon Brooks, age 28 of Ridge 10. Demarcus Anton Spears, age 19 of Leonardtown 11. Antonio Derrell Washington, age 20 of Lexington Park On July 20, 2009, Christopher Michael Sherman, age 20 of California, was served with a Protective Order ordering he have no contact with the petitioner of the Protective Order. The order is effective until July 19, 2010. On July 22, 2009, Sherman attempted to contact the petitioner by phone. When Sherman did not reach the petitioner by phone, he contacted her in person at the Burch Mart in Hollywood. Sherman was arrested and charged with Violating the Conditions of a Protective Order. On July 21, 2009, David Matthew Morley, age 30 of Leonardtown, was charged with Second Degree Assault on a Criminal Summons. On July 3, 2009, Morley assaulted Gudlaug Hanna Lytle in California. On July 21, 2009, Corporal Patrick Handy was patrolling the area of Chancellors Run Court in Great Mills when he observed Demetrick Nathrio Maddox, age 22 of Great Mills, standing in the parking lot speaking with three others. Maddox observed Corporal Handy and briskly began to walk off towards a green Oldsmobile which was parked in the parking lot. As Maddox was walking, Corporal Handy observed him place his hand near his waistband and look back over his shoulder at Corporal Handy. Maddox stopped and bent down next to the vehicle in a manner consistent with placing something onto the ground. Maddox then stood up and attempted to walk away from the vehicle. Maddox was ordered to stop and he complied. Deputy First Class Keith Moritz checked the area where Maddox bent down and located a Ruger 9mm handgun. A computer check of the handgun revealed the gun was stolen from Charles County in 2001. Maddox is a convicted felon on parole for robbery. Maddox was arrested and charged with Possession of a Handgun After Being Convicted of a Crime of Violence, Possession a Stolen Regulated Firearm, and Carrying a Concealed 9mm Semi-Automatic Handgun on his Person. On July 22, 2009, deputies responded to a residence on Gooseneck Road in Lexington Park for a report of a child abuse. The investigation revealed Ella Maxine Glenn, age 41 of Lexington Park, assaulted a 13-year-old female who was in Glenn’s care and custody. Glenn dragged the youth partially down a set of stairs by her feet, kicked and punched the victim in the back, then pushed the victim the rest of the way down the stairs and slapped the victim in the face. Glenn was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault and Second Degree Child Abuse. On July 25, 2009 at 0008 hours, a 2008 Ford F-450 dual-wheel pickup truck, operated by George Michael Bowes Jr., age 31 of Callaway, was traveling north on Piney Point Road in the area of Happyland Road in Valley Lee when the truck crossed the centerline into the southbound lane of Piney Point Road and collided head-on with a 2009 Audi A4 sedan driven by Russell Edward Wenzel, age 58. The front seat passenger was identified as Melissa Anne Wenzel, age 58. Both reside in Tall Timbers. Bowes and Russell Wenzel were transported to St. Mary's Hospital where Mr. Wenzel died of his injuries. Melissa Wenzel was transported by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center with critical injuries. The investigation is being continued by the Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Team. Any persons who witnessed the accident are asked to contact Corporal Emory Johnson at 301-475- 4200 x9030. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations is currently reviewing daytime burglaries that occurred from May 15, 2009 through July 16, 2009. The burglaries in question range from Ridge to Mechanicsville. If anyone feels they were a victim or could identify evidence that was recovered, please contact detectives at 301-475-4200 x9119. If any additional information is needed, please contact the Duty Officer at 301-475-4200 x1900.