Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (June 25, 2015)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

DEATH INVESTIGATION: On June 19 at 3:05 p.m., a witness called 911 after being alerted that their neighbor shot himself inside his house on Dove Tree Court in Indian Head and the man’s three-month-old son was not breathing. Prior to emergency personnel arriving, neighbors rushed inside and found the baby unconscious; they initiated CPR until paramedics arrived. Officers arrived and found an adult male with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was pronounced dead on the scene. Officers recovered a gun near the man. The baby was transported to Charles Regional Medical Center in critical condition where he passed away on June 21. There were no obvious signs of trauma to the baby and at this point, it is not clear what caused the baby to lose consciousness. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. will perform an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of the infant’s death. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 932-2222.

MAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING POLICE OFFICER: On June 23 at 8:51 p.m., officers responded to the area of Hamilton Road and Shearwater Drive in Waldorf for the report of suspicious activity. A motorist notified officers that he was travelling in the area when he observed headlights flashing from a vehicle behind him. The motorist pulled over because he thought he was being stopped by officers. The suspect exited his car, identified himself as an officer and said that he stopped the driver for not using his turn signal. The victim questioned the suspect about his credentials –the suspect was wearing a jacket that said security – and the suspect ran back to his car and fled. The motorist was able to provide a tag number of the suspect’s vehicle. Through further investigation, sheriff’s officers located the suspect, Tyler Lee Cole, 20, of Waldorf, at his home and placed him under arrest. Cole was intoxicated and disorderly. Officers learned he took the security jacket from an acquaintance. Cole was charged with impersonating a police officer. PFC R. Gass investigated.

BURGLARY: On June 20, a homeowner reported someone broke into his house in the 9500 block of Lomax Road in Faulkner and stole appliances and food. The house had been vacant for a few months. Officer S. Hooper is investigating.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE: On June 18 at 6:27 a.m., Cpl. J. Timko was patrolling the area of Berry Road near Crain Highway in Waldorf when he noticed a car abandoned in the roadway. A computer check revealed the car was stolen. Officer A. Duckett recalled seeing the car being driven moments earlier and provided a description of the driver. Sgt. H. Smith canvassed the area and observed the driver at a nearby shopping center. Investigation showed the driver, Francis Earl Carter, III, 29, of Oxon Hill, stole the car from a newspaper deliveryman who left the car running and unattended for a short period of time. The suspect left the car in the road because it ran out of gas. Carter was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft over $1,000 and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

ROBBERY: On June 17 at 11 p.m., officers responded to the 6000 block of Red Squirrel Place in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation showed the victim was making a pizza delivery when two males approached, displayed a handgun and demanded money and the pizza. The victim complied and the suspects fled. Officer P. DeBoe is investigating.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: During the overnight hours of June 17, unknown suspect(s) jumped on the hoods of several parked cars in 4300 block of Indian Head Highway in Indian Head and damaged the vehicles. PFC E. Baker is investigating.

BURGLARY: On June 16 between 6:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 3100 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf and stole electronics. PFC. A. Duckett is investigating.

THEFT OF TIRES: On June 15 at 4:35 a.m., officers responded to the 11200 block of Heron Place in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Investigation showed unknown suspect(s) removed four tires and rims from a car. Officer C. Gustafson is investigating.

Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at .

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