The following is a sample of recent events investigated by the Charles County Sheriff's Office. For information about other events which are not included in this report, visit www.CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
OFFICERS APPREHEND MAN WHO TRIED TO STEAL CAMERA: On Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 11700 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for an assault in progress. According to the caller, a loss prevention officer at a retail store was trying to apprehend a man who had just stolen an $800 Nikon camera. The thief fought the security officer and escaped. CCSO patrol officer J. Morales arrived and obtained a lookout. Sgt. H. Smith spotted the suspect and gave chase and Cpl. Murphy stopped the suspect but he broke free and fled. The suspect was quickly located hiding in a wooded area where he was arrested. Kimani Octavious Stevenson, 20, of Washington, D.C., was charged with robbery, theft, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and providing a false name after he gave officers several aliases. PFC. J. Morales is investigating.
OFFICER ASSAULTED WHILE APPREHENDING SUSPECT WANTED IN STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On Aug. 9 at 8:15 p.m., officers were called to the 100 block of St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf for the report of a strong-arm robbery that just occurred. According to the female victim, a man walked up to her and and tried to steal her cell phone from her hands. The victim fought the suspect who then pushed her to the ground and stole the phone. The victim provided officers with a description of the suspect and officers canvassed the area. Sgt. L. Schmidt located the suspect nearby and as he was placing him under arrest, the suspect struck Sgt. Schmidt, dislocating his shoulder. The suspect, 17, was arrested and detained at Cheltenham. He was charged with strong-arm robbery and two counts of assault.
PATROL OFFICER MAKES DRUG ARREST:
On Aug. 11 at 1:14 a.m., PFC M. Hancock initiated a traffic stop in the area of Hawthorne Road near Marshall Corner Road in La Plata after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the car, the officer observed drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. After investigating further, the officer found raw marijuana, a digital scale, a smoking pipe, and a metal grinder inside the car. The driver, Nickolas Jacob Metcalf, 21, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH:
On Aug 8 at 12:52 a.m., a CCSO officer initiated a traffic stop of a dirt bike near Billingsley Road. The driver refused to pull over and instead fled at a high rate of speed. The operator turned onto Highgrove Drive at which time the officer lost sight of the dirt bike. Upon canvassing the area further, the officer spotted the dirt bike and driver near Bishopsgate Lane where the driver had already lost control of the dirt bike and crashed. The operator of the dirt bike, 17, of White Plains, was transported to a hospital where he was admitted with critical injuries. The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.
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