Monday, June 27, 2016

ARMED ROBBER SENTENCED TO OVER 15 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON: Robbed a Jewelry Store in Charlotte Hall and Pharmacy in Mechanicsville at Gunpoint

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Darrell Lee, age 48, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, today to 184 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for robbery, and for carrying and brandishing a gun during a robbery. Judge Grimm also ordered Lee to pay restitution of $24,791.50 and forfeit $19,987. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to his plea agreement, on June 18, 2014, Lee and Furman Troy entered a jewelry store in Charlotte Hall. Lee brandished a gun at the store owner and Troy bound the victim with duct tape. After obtaining the key to the jewelry counter from an employee, they stole jewelry worth approximately $8,890, cash, a laptop computer valued at approximately $2,100 and other items. 

On June 22, 2014, Lee and Troy robbed a pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Again, Lee brandished a gun and Troy bound the employee with duct tape. They stole cash and prescription bottles containing oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and endocet, valued at approximately $8,997. 

Furman Troy, age 45, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his participation in the scheme and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In addition, Michael Burgess, age 54, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Abdelrahim Ayyad, a/k/a Sahid, age 50, of White Plains, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies and await sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation, and recognized the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance in the case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted the case.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Arrests 6/23/2016

6-20-2016 – Assault – Deputy T. Seyfried responded to the 45000 block of Nicolas Court in Great Mills, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Joseph Edward Griffin, Jr, age 28, of Great Mills, grabbed the victim causing visible signs of injury. Griffin was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 32002-16

Joseph E. Griffin, Jr.

6-23-2016 – Assault – Deputy J. Kerns responded to the 24000 block of Morgan Road in Hollywood, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Michael Kelly Fitzpatrick, age 25, of Hollywood, grabbed the victim in the face then threw the victim against a wall. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. CASE# 32502-16


Michael K. Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SMCSO Provides Demonstrations for Kids at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp

Earlier today, The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp. The camp provides kids with neuromuscular disease a chance to discover a world just for them and meet other kids sharing the same experiences.

Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technician, Megan Roberts, along with the resident FBI agent, set up the Crime Lab van for display and provided fingerprinting demonstrations for each of the children.

Attendees eagerly watched a K9 demonstration performed by members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit                                                                                            

The Sheriff’s Office extends appreciation to the Baltimore Muscular Dystrophy Association for extending SMCSO an invitation to participate in the camp. 

Additional Photos: http://bit.ly/28QpnlU

K9 Unit performs several demonstrations for the audience


Crime Lab Technician Megan Roberts provides a fingerprinting demonstration, along with the resident FBI agent

Incident Briefs 6/22/2016


Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the area of Sue Drive in Lexington Park. DFC Vezzosi is investigating the case. CASE# 32302-16


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Multiple Sex Offenders Arrested for Failure to Register

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, has arrested the following individuals for Failing to Register as Sex Offender as required by the Maryland Statue:

6-17-2016 – Joshua McCullough Marsh, age 43, of Park Hall, MD, Failure to Register as Tier II Sex Offender
Josh M. Marsh
6-17-2016 – Jared Vaughn Hardy, age 24, of Great Mills, MD, Failure to Register as a Tier II Sex Offender, and Failure to Notify of Employment Change

Jared V. Hardy

6-17-2016 – David Lee Anderson, Jr, age 22, of Lexington Park, MD, Failure to Register as Tier III Sex Offender 
David L. Anderson

Anyone with information related to sex offenders is asked to contact Detective William Raddatz by email at William.Raddatz@stmarysmd.com or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. *1948

Arrests 6/21/2016

6-17-2016 – Malicious Destruction of Property – Deputy D. Potter responded to the 21000 block of St. Lo Place in Lexington Park, for a reported property destruction.  The suspect, Peyton Imani Cinnamon Scott, age 18, of California,  used a steering wheel locking mechanism to break every window in a victim’s motor vehicle in the 21000 block of St. Lo place in Lexington Park.  Scott was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property having a value of $100 or more. CASE# 31497-16


Peyton I. Scott 


6-17-2016 – Violation of a Protective Order – Deputy J. Lacey responded to the 45000 block of Indian Way in Lexington Park for the report of a violation of a protective order. The victim called the Emergency Communications Center and reported the suspect, Troy Dwayne Cutchember, age 24, of California, was knocking on the victim’s door.  Cutchember was placed under arrest and charged with Violation of a Protective Order. CASE# 31424-16

Troy D. Cutchember

6-19-2016 – Assault – Corporal D. Reppel responded to the 17000 block of Jutland Drive in St. Inigoes, for the report of a domestic assault in progress. The victim alleged the suspect, Shannon Johanna Dement, age 35, of St. Inigoes, bit the victim in the ear and hit the victim in the head with car keys. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Dement was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 31916-16


Shannon J. Dement 


6-20-2016 – Corporal E. O Connor responded to the Belk’s Department Store in California, for the report of a theft. The suspect, Nadine Mare Buck, age 35, of Lexington Park, attempted to steal merchandise from the store by concealing it in her purse. Buck fled the scene in a motor vehicle before being located by Corporal O’ Connor. Nadine was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 32011-16 

Nadine M. Buck 

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns of a New Drug Trend: Fentanyl


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division is issuing a warning regarding the powerful opioid pain reliever fentanyl. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reports a rise in fentanyl-related overdoses and the sale of fentanyl on the streets.

“Fentanyl has been a problem for other jurisdictions nationwide and unfortunately, it has presented itself locally in St. Mary’s County. Although there has only been a few cases reported, the Sheriff’s Office remains proactive by identifying developing trends in our community, in addition to keeping our citizens aware and up-to-date with the most current information,” said Captain Daniel Alioto, Vice/Narcotics Commander.

Fentanyl can be used safely if prescribed, but is a killer on the streets. Fentanyl is a schedule II narcotic controlled substance and is often seen in patch form when prescribed to the terminally ill. It’s an analgesic and an anesthetic, 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin, and the most powerful opiate available.   Fentanyl is transdermal; it can be easily absorbed through the skin.

This powerful drug is often paired with heroin or benzodiazepines to quicken the onset and enhance the high. Often, a minuscule amount of Fentanyl, in a powder form, is all it takes for an overdose to occur.

Many abusers believe they are purchasing heroin or don’t know the heroin or drug they are consuming has been laced with fentanyl.  Many forms of Fentanyl are being imported from Mexico and China as well as being developed from synthetic ingredients and sold illegally.

For educational purposes, the Sheriff’s Office encourages the community to watch a video being circulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, warning of fentanyl poisoning.





For additional questions, contact Captain Alioto, Vice/Narcotics Commander by email at Daniel.Alioto@stmarysmd.com


Incident Briefs 6/21/2016




Property Destruction – On 6/20/2016, unknown suspect(s) used an unknown object to damage three mailboxes in the areas of Rison Lane and Yowaiski Mill Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy D. Lawrence is investigating the case. CASE# 31696-16, 31971-16

Arson – Unknown suspect(s) set a mailbox on fire in the 39000 block of Doctor Johnson Road in Mechanicsville. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and assumed the investigation. CASE# 31979-16

Arson – Unknown suspect(s) placed fireworks inside a mailbox in the 38000 block of Dean Way in Mechanicsville. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. CASE#32005-16

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 27000 block of Mill Seat Drive in Mechanicsville. DFC A. Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 32001-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 46000 block of Rogers Drive in Lexington Park. Corporal T. Seyfried is investigating the case. CASE# 32030-16


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Police Standoff Ends Peacefully

On June 20, 2016, at approximately 5:17 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maryland State Police troopers responded to the St. George’s Hundred neighborhood in Great Mills, Maryland for a “check the welfare.” The report was for a white male threatening suicide with a handgun. 

Responding deputies encountered the 36-year-old subject holding a handgun to his head near a neighborhood pond. A perimeter was established, crisis negotiators were contacted, and emergency services personnel responded to the scene. 

Deputies communicated with the subject for a period leading to his safe surrender. He was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for an emergency evaluation. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks members of the St. George’s Hundred community and surrounding areas for their cooperation, patience, and understanding throughout this critical incident. 

Incident Briefs 6/17 - 6/20



Attempted Burglary – Between 6/16 and 6/17, unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a victim’s hot dog stand at the Farmer’s Market in Charlotte Hall. Nothing appeared to be missing. Deputy J. Smith is investigating the case. CASE# 31410-16

Theft – Sometime during the month of September, unknown suspect(s) stole property from a residence in the 22000 block of Newtowne Neck Road in Leonardtown. Deputy J. Smith is investigating the case. CASE# 31464-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and removed gasoline from the tank in the 27000 block of Chapel Court in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Kirkner is investigating the case. CASE# 31554-16

Counterfeit Complaint – A victim reported receiving a fake $100 bill while working in the area of Warwick Court in Lexington Park. CASE# 31534-16

Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) damaged the entrance gate to Myrtle Point Park in California. Deputy First Class D. Potter is investigating the case. CASE# 31637-16

Burglary – Between 6/11 and 6/18, unknown suspects forced entry into a food trailer at the Farmer’s Market in Charlotte Hall. Deputy J. Smith is investigating the case. CASE# 31641-16

Theft – During the overnight hours of 6/17 into 6/18, unknown suspects entered a victim’s yard and stole property. Deputy L. Johnson is investigating the case. CASE# 31687-16

Attempted Burglary – During the overnight hours of 6/18 into 6/19, unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a residence in the 24000 block of North Patuxent Beach Road in California. Deputy J. Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 31853-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 46000 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park. DFC D. Potter is investigating the case. CASE# 31887-16