Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 8, 2015)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

OFFICER HELPS RESCUE INFANT WITH DISTRESSED BREATHING: On Friday, July 31 at 11:16 a.m., officers and paramedics were dispatched to the 400 block of Trefoil Place in Waldorf for the report of a 10-day-old girl not breathing. Public safety dispatcher, Kelly Wilson, stayed on the phone with the mother of the baby and began to provide first aid instruction. The mother then translated the instructions in Spanish to a relative who was trying to aid the infant. PFC Darin Behm, a CCSO K9 officer, was in the area when he saw the call on his in-car computer screen and responded. Upon arrival, PFC Behm was directed to an upstairs bedroom where he found a woman trying to help the baby breathe. The infant’s face was red and she was clearly in distress. PFC Behm took the baby, listened and did not see her chest rise and fall. He opened her mouth and saw formula inside. He tilted her head and did a finger sweep to try to clear her airway, but that did not work. He asked for an aspirator but there was none in the house. With the baby still struggling to get full breaths, PFC Behm placed his mouth over the baby’s nose and mouth and gently sucked until a large chunk of the formula – about the size of a dime with thick mucus – came out, clearing the infant’s windpipe. The baby’s chest began to rise and fall again and her breaths were better.

The infant, Dana, was transported to Children’s Hospital as a precaution. She was discharged several hours later. The infant’s mother, who does not want to be identified, said she was extremely grateful to PFC Behm who “took control in a hectic situation” and helped her infant daughter, a twin, breathe again. PFC Behm, the father of a two-year-old boy, said his only thought was to open the baby’s airway as quickly as possible. “I’m glad I was able to help,” he said. “It’s what we do.”

SUSPECT CHARGED IN FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On August 5 at approximately 7:20 p.m., officers responded to the 12000 block of Council Oak Drive in Waldorf for the report of an injured person. Upon arrival, officers found a man and woman with serious injuries. Investigation revealed the couple’s son, Brandon Arthur Swinson, 19, of Waldorf, assaulted them for unknown reasons and fled. The victims were flown to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Officers arrested Swinson during the early morning hours of August 6. He was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and violating a protective order. Detective B. Buchanan is investigating.

THEFT OF RIMS/ CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On August 4, during the daytime hours, unknown suspect(s) stole tires and rims from three cars and damaged another car at the Mattawoman Park and Ride located in the 3000 block of Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf. Officers patrolled the parking lot at about 10:20 a.m. that morning indicating the thefts occurred sometime after that. Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call PFC P. Alvarez at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AND THEFTS: During the overnight hours between July 31 and August 1, unknown suspect(s) broke out the windows of three vehicles parked in the 3000 block of Waldorf Market Place. The suspect(s) rummaged through the vehicles and stole loose change and other items of value. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.

CARS AND HOMES DAMAGED/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: During the overnight hours of July 28 into July 29, multiple cars and homes were damaged in several Waldorf neighborhoods. In some cases, the windshields and windows of cars were broken out with a baseball bat or the car mirrors were broken off and tags were stolen. In other cases, the suspects threw rocks and bottles through the windows of several homes. Officers have been canvassing the neighborhoods and obtaining additional information; they are pursuing strong leads in the case. Officers are asking the public’s help in gathering additional evidence. A witness reported seeing the suspects in a red Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. Many homes in the affected areas have security systems equipped with cameras. Officers would like homeowners with this surveillance equipment to check footage from July 28 through July 29 and to contact them if the truck is spotted or if there is any unusual activity. In addition, anyone who saw a red Chevy pick-up truck in the area is asked to call. The following addresses are where the vandalisms occurred:

Damaged Cars: 1800 block of Ann Marie Circle, 3900 block of Northgate Place, 3000 block of Huntington Circle, 11500 block of Terrace Drive, 5000 block of Dorchester Circle, 2600 block of Shultz Drive, 11200 block of Barnswallow Place, 1200 block of Pierce Road, 2500 block of Enterprise Place, North Point High School, 12300 block of Burning Oak Court, 5100 block of Dorchester Circle, and the 5700 block of Springfish Place.

Damaged homes: 800 block of Stone Avenue, 1200 block of Pierce Road, 12500 block Sub Station Road, 2000 block of Darnell Court, and a fuel pump and windows of a parked car were damaged at a gas station on Smallwood Drive.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Cpl. P. Tona at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

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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