Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (July 15, 2010) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

MAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH: On July 11, Bruce Dwayne Leshore, 39, of Waldorf, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash that occurred on July 3 at 11:58 p.m. near the intersection of Western Parkway and Plaza Drive. A preliminary investigation revealed Leshore was traveling on Western Parkway when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

OFFICER APPREHENDS SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT/STOLEN MERCHANDISE RETURNED TO STORE: On July 14 at 8:45 p.m., officers responded to Kohl's on Mall Circle for a theft in progress. Employees reported a man entered the store and concealed several pairs of shoes in his back pack. Officers observed the suspect running across the parking lot and apprehended him after a brief foot pursuit. The suspect resisted arrest but was eventually subdued. Officers recovered the bag and found three pairs of Nike shoes inside. The suspect was transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he provided a false name and date of birth. A check of the suspect's fingerprints revealed his true identity as James Tovar Slade, 43, of Fort Washington. A computer check also revealed Slade had an open warrant in Alexandria, Virginia. Slade was charged with theft, resisting arrest and false statement. Lt. Barrows made the arrest.

BURGLARY: On July 13 at between 1:50 p.m. - 8:55 p.m., unknown suspects entered a rear window of a house in the 2300 block of South Hampton Drive in Bryans Road and stole a game system. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. Officer Burger is investigating.

DUI CHECK POINT: On July 11, Charles County Sheriff's officers conducted a DUI check point on Route 210 near Downs Drive in Indian Head. A total of 861 vehicles passed through the check point. Officers made 4 DUI arrests (3 alcohol, 1 CDS), and issued 29 citations, 8 warnings, and 3 equipment repair orders.

FIVE SUSPECTS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH PROSTITUTION: On July 10, Charles County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Patricia Tippett, 45, Travis Morrison, 29, [name redacted], Maria Rochelle Ward, 26, and Stephanie Wyckoff, 18, all of Waldorf, in connection with prostitution at a house in the 3800 block of Old Washington Road. A 17-year-old female was taken into custody but she was not charged. The investigation began after patrol officers noted suspicious activity at the house. After investigating further, officers learned the activity may be related to prostitution. The information was forwarded to the Narcotics and Vice Unit who followed up with a four month long investigation during which members of The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Maryland State Police, ICE, and the FBI assisted. All five suspects were charged with prostitution related crimes.

POSSIBLE ATTEMPT BURGLARY: On July 9 between 6:50 a.m. - 7 p.m., an unknown suspect damaged the door frame to the rear of a house in the 6000 block of Sirenia Place in Waldorf. It is not clear if the suspect gained entry and nothing was reported stolen. Officer Williams is investigating.

BURGLARY: On July 9 between 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., unknown suspects broke into the back of a house in the 4000 block of Night Heron Court and stole a computer. Officers canvassed the area and located a witness who observed two males run toward a maroon van at about the time the burglary occurred. Officers processed the scene for evidence.

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 to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.

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