Southern Maryland Police Memoirs | Crime and fire

A Waldorf arrested for robbery

Clemmie Lee Hunter, 46, of Waldorf was arrested and charged with robbery for an alleged incident on February 27.

Charles Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 11300 block of Days Court in Waldorf to reports of a robbery in progress. When deputies arrived, they spoke with a man who identified himself as a hotel employee at the scene.

According to the charging documents, Hunter asked the man to speak to him near the cafe at the establishment. Hunter allegedly asked the man to go and withdraw money from the safe based on the amounts Hunter had written down on a piece of paper.

The man said Hunter threatened his life and said he would also return to the facility the next day. Hunter allegedly made the employee write his name and phone number on a piece of paper before leaving the facility.

Deputies stopped Hunter walking on Crain Highway and allegedly found the paper with the employee’s contact information on his person.

Prince Frederick man accused of theft

Michael John Hickman, 40, of Prince Frederick, was charged with theft between $1,500 and under $25,000 and three misdemeanors on February 28.

Hickman was charged with failing to complete work on a home in the 1400 block of Lecester Drive in La Plata last May.

According to billing documents, Hickman agreed to build a new deck on the property at a cost of $23,000. The homeowner reportedly made an $8,000 deposit, but after numerous delays, communication between Hickman and the homeowner ceased.

Letters requesting reimbursement of the $8,000 were reportedly returned as undeliverable.

Billing documents indicated that Hickman did not have a home improvement license with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission before entering into a contract with the home owner.

Hickman was also charged with three misdemeanors for acting as an unlicensed contractor, selling unlicensed home improvements and failing to perform the contract.

Virginia man arrested for assaulting an officer

George Wilson Irwin, 33, of Woodbridge, Va., was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with second-degree assault on an officer and four misdemeanors of attempted first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary and resisting the arrest.

Charles Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 4500 block of Grouse Place in Waldorf for reports of a burglary on the evening of February 24. When deputies arrived, they observed Irwin in the backyard of the residence and gave him verbal orders to put his hands in the air.

Irwin reportedly refused and began to walk away from the house when deputies tried to restrain him by force and a fight ensued, Irwin allegedly placed a deputy in a chokehold.

The charging documents say the deputies twice deployed a stun gun to subdue Irwin.

Subsequently, deputies made contact with the landlady, who identified herself as Irwin’s ex-girlfriend. The woman claimed she heard a knock on our door around 10:30 p.m. and simultaneously received phone calls from Irwin before seeing him peeking through the back door with a flashlight.

The charging documents also say Irwin left threatening messages on the woman’s phone on January 25.

Fort Washington man charged with forgery and theft

Kevin Thomas Lockhart Jr., 28, of Fort Washington was charged last month with falsifying private documents and theft from $1,500 to less than $25,000.

According to the charging documents, a business owner from the 5100 block of Shawe Place in Waldorf contacted the Charles County Sheriff’s Office on February 1, 2021 to report a forged check.

The man alleged that a Lockhart cashed a check on the company’s account for $8,300 as “compensation.”

Deputies subpoenaed documents from Lockhart and company bank records and allegedly found that Lockhart made a mobile deposit of a check for $8,300.

Lockhart alleged in a phone conversation with deputies that someone else accessed his bank account and deposited the check.

Woman charged with theft in Tahoe

Joyce Marie Bayliss, 24, was arrested and charged with felony unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Bayliss, whose address was not listed on the charging documents, and another woman allegedly stole a green 2001 Chevy Tahoe from the 24000 block of Hurry Road in Chaptico on February 28. Police found the vehicle stuck in a ditch shortly after in the 23600 block of Rocky Ridge Court in Leonardtown, a charging document says.

The two women were found in the woods a quarter of a mile away and arrested. Bayless was released on her own recognizance on February 28.

Man charged with stealing his girlfriend’s car

Charles Shanks, 21, of Great Mills has been charged with felony theft between $1,500 and $25,000 and misdemeanor unauthorized removal from a vehicle after allegedly using his girlfriend’s black 2015 Chrysler 200 and not did not return her to her home in the 45700 block of Circle Drive in Great Mills.

The woman said she gave Shanks permission to use her vehicle until February 18, but he did not return it, despite numerous phone calls in which he argued, a document from the ‘charge. The vehicle was valued at $12,000. A summons was issued on February 24.

Lexington Park man charged with assaulting his girlfriend

Antonio Marcellus Wills, 34, of Lexington Park has been charged with assault and theft under $100 for an incident that occurred on February 27.

Police responded to the 21600 block of Liberty Street at 2 a.m. Wills’ girlfriend said they got into a fight about his infidelity at a bar.

According to a charging document, he punched her in the face several times. The sheriff’s deputy noticed swelling on the woman’s face and blood on her face and shirt. Wills also allegedly took the woman’s keys. A summons was issued on February 27.

Lexington Park woman charged with assaulting partner

Erica Salazar Ramiscal, 24, of Lexington Park was charged with misdemeanor assault after police responded to a residence in the 46000 block of Saltmarsh Drive on February 23.

Ramiscal allegedly struck his female partner in the head with a knife, resulting in a knot on the woman’s head, according to a charging document. Ramiscal was released on her own recognizance.

Around noon on February 24, Calvert County authorities received a report of a northbound Chevrolet Cobalt traveling north across the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge at high speed and overtaking other vehicles. The vehicle proceeded recklessly north.

Calvert Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tony Tavares said in the charging documents that he stopped the vehicle in the Flag Ponds Road area. The driver, identified as Devon Tyler Lee, 20, from Dunkirk, did not cooperate with the deputy and then drove off the scene at high speed. During an ensuing chase, the Chevy nearly hit several vehicles when it began to head north into the southbound lane of Highway 2/4.

At least three vehicles, including a police cruiser, were hit by the Chevy during the incident, which ended when Lee’s vehicle spun out of control and hit a fuel truck. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun believed to have been stolen from Anne Arundel County.

Lee was charged with 10 offenses with a handgun, as well as first- and second-degree assault. He also received six traffic citations. He is being held without bail. A jurisdictional hearing for Lee is scheduled for Friday with a preliminary hearing on the charges set for March 25 in the district court.

In another incident on Feb. 26, Cpl. from the Calvert Sheriff’s Office. Stephen Moran was carrying out a traffic stop in the car park of Dunkirk Gateway when an RV approached the area and the driver began to swear at the officer. Moran said in court papers he recognized the motorhome driver as Raymond Francis Procopio Jr., 50, of Prince Frederick.

Procopio refused to get out of the vehicle on Moran’s orders and instead drove out of the parking lot at high speed and recklessly. A chase ensued, with Procopio allegedly continuing to drive the motor home recklessly.

The chase continued northbound on Highway 4 and twice the RV driver attempted to ram the patrol vehicle. Moran’s vehicle was struck and pushed off the roadway and into a wooded area. After regaining control of the patrol vehicle, Moran performed a precision hold technique, which resulted in the RV hitting an embankment. After struggling with Moran and another deputy, Procopio was placed under arrest.

Procopio was charged with first and second degree assault, malicious destruction of property and issued multiple traffic citations. Moran wrote in court papers that Procopio posed “obvious danger to all individuals on the roadway.”

Procopio is being held without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 29 in the district court.

On Feb. 23, police apprehended Timothy A. Gleeson, 23, of St. Leonard, who allegedly stole his parents’ red 2018 Ford Mustang and Beretta CX9 Storm semi-automatic rifle. According to a police report, neither the vehicle nor the weapon was found.

Court records say the thefts took place on February 19. Gleeson, who is being held without bond, is charged with unlawful taking and unauthorized removal of a motor vehicle, a stolen firearm and theft under $100. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for April 11 in the district court.

Anyone who may have information on the location of the vehicle should contact Maryland State Police Private Phillip Kaitz Prince Frederick Barrack at 410-535-1400.

Grand jury enters indictments

A Calvert grand jury has returned a 10-count indictment against Jaquan Stanzel Thomas, 24, of Lusby. The indictment includes five counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. According to Maryland State Police, Thomas was arrested at his home after soldiers, with the assistance of Homeland Security investigators, executed a search and seizure warrant.

Thomas’ arrest is the result of an investigation that began last August by the state police agency’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Thomas is due in court in Calvert County Circuit Court on March 14.

A 34-year-old Chesapeake Beach man has been charged with breaking and entering an Owings residence and assaulting a man, according to documents filed with the district court. The incident reportedly happened on January 29.

According to court documents filed by Calvert Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Hendrickson, defendant Gregory Thomas Allen allegedly burst into the home and repeatedly punched a male occupant in the face with his clenched fist.

The eight-count grand jury indictment includes three felony counts — home invasion, third-degree burglary and first-degree assault — as well as two traffic citations, including driving under the influence of alcohol. Allen’s initial appearance in circuit court is scheduled for March 14.

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