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.
VALUABLES STOLEN FROM CARS AT PARK AND RIDE:
On June 20 between 4 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., someone broke into several cars at the park and ride on Mattawoman Beantown Road and stole items that were left inside the vehicles. Officer R. Horrocks is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the CCSO at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers will offer a cash reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information about the suspects. Callers may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us
to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.
JUVENILES ON JOY RIDE CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS:
On June 20 at 12:50 a.m., an officer spotted a vehicle swerving in the roadway on St. Charles Parkway. The officer initiated a traffic stop but the driver fled. After a pursuit, the driver and the occupants stopped near Heathcote Road in Waldorf. Everyone jumped out of the car and tried to flee but officers were able to apprehend three of the four occupants. The driver, 14, was charged with 18 traffic violations and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The occupants, two 16-year-old males, were charged with failure to obey a lawful order. Officer P. Morgan made the arrest.
SEVEN PEOPLE CHARGED WITH BURGLARY/SUSPECTS CLAIM SOVEREIGN CITIZENSHIP:
On June 19 at 7 p.m., officers were called to a house in the 4900 block of Olympia Place in Waldorf after witnesses observed unusual activity. When officers arrived, they learned the house was owned by a bank and should have been vacant. Instead, officers found seven people living inside. The occupants said they were sovereign citizens and they claimed they had the right to “occupy” the house since it was vacant. The suspects, Lamont Butler, 29; Artez Womack, 28; Kenneth Mitchell, Jr., 19; Rashid Daniels, 25; Lashonda Washington,28; Sakita Holly, 34; and Tia Carpenter, 46, were arrested and charged with burglary. In addition, Carpenter was charged with assaulting an officer after she bit him in the arm as he was placing her under arrest.
Law enforcement agencies across the country have been dealing with people claiming sovereign citizen ideology for years. Basically, sovereign citizens are people who possess strong anti-federal government views. They often do not recognize laws pertaining to paying taxes, registering motor vehicles and having proper identification. Two of the suspects in this case were recently charged in Montgomery County for breaking into a vacant house and claiming sovereignty there; they posted bond in that case and are awaiting trial. The CCSO cares about our communities and neighborhoods. Anyone who suspects a house has been broken into by similar groups claiming to be sovereign citizens is asked not to confront them but to call the CCSO instead. Officers assigned to Patrol Operations and detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.