UPDATE Cody Lacey Homicide: On July 27, 2015, suspect Alan Michael Rangel was located in Jessup, Maryland, and taken into custody without incident by officers with the United States Marshals Service Task Force Fugitive Unit.
Amanda Raye Hartmann age 24, who was with Rangel at the time of his arrest, was also arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact - First Degree Murder.
Rangel and Hartmann were transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and incarcerated.
UPDATE 7-26-15: Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for ALAN MICHAEL RANGEL, age 21, of NO FIXED ADDRESS, for the July 25th shooting on Lavender Lane in Mechanicsville, which resulted in the death of Cody Lacey.
The warrant charges RANGEL with First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony/Crime of Violence.
RANGEL is African-American, 5'09" in height, and weighs 202 pounds. This investigation is ongoing. Additional information will continue to be released as it is developed.
Anyone with information regarding Rangel's whereabouts is asked to call Detective Melissa Hulse at 301.475.4200 x1996 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Criminal Investigations Division Supervisor Lieutenant Russ Trow at 301.481.7694. Callers may also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or TEXT a TIP to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED and callers can remain ANONYMOUS. St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime that leads to an arrest or indictment.
If you see RANGEL, DO NOT APPROACH him and CALL 911 immediately.
For all MEDIA INQUIRIES call Sergeant Cara Grumbles, Public Information Officer, at 240.577.0581(cell), 301.475.4200 x1997(desk), or email email@example.com.
UPDATE: As the investigation into the murder of Cody Michael Lacey has progressed, detectives developed information regarding the suspect who fired the shots and two suspected accomplices.
On July 25, 2015, detectives executed a search and seizure warrant on a home in St. Mary's County. Both suspected accomplices, identified as Demetrius Jose Burks-Jeffrey, age 22, of Chaptico, and Wade Joshua Braithwaite, age 21,of Lexington Park, were located and placed under arrest. Items of evidence related to the investigation were recovered as well.
Burks-Jeffrey and Braithwaite were transported to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and charged with Accessory After the Fact - First Degree Murder.
This is an active investigation. Detectives ask that anyone with information regarding this murder, call the Sheriff's Office Duty Officer at 301.475.4040. Callers may also call CRIME SOLVERSat 301.475.3333. Calls toCRIME SOLVERS are not recorded and callers can remain anonymous.
The shooting victim is identified as Cody Michael Lacey, age 21, of Mechanicsville.
This is an active investigation. Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this homicide to call the Sheriff's Office Duty Officer at 301.475.4040. Additional information will be released as it is developed.
Mechanicsville, Maryland - On July 25, 2015, at 1:28 AM, deputies responded to a home for a reported shooting. On arrival, several people were at the home attending a party. Deputies located a 21 year old male who had been shot. Lifesaving efforts were not successful and the victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. This is an active investigation and additional information will be released as it is developed.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Duty Officer at 301.475.4040.
For all media inquiries contact Sergeant Cara Grumbles, Public Information Officer, at 240.577.0581 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sex Offender Registry Violation - On July 17, 2015, tier 3 register sex offender Janus Scott Freeman, age 47, of Lexington Park, was arrested by Corporal Raddatz for violating sex offender registry laws. Upon Freeman's release from incarceration on July 8, 2015, he failed to report to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and provide his address as required. Freeman was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Failure to Register by Deadline, Failure to Register as Required by a Tier 3 Sexually Violent Predator, Failure to Provide Notice of Address Change, and Failure to Notify of Address Change Within 5 Days. CASE #41843-15
Domestic Assault - On July 21, 2015, Deputy J. Wilson responded to the 39000 block of Golden Beach Road in Mechanicsville, for a domestic assault in progress. The victim alleged suspect Erica Carolyn Aicher, age 23, of Mechanicsville, struck the victim with her hands and kicked the victim in the groin during an argument. Deputy Wilson observed fresh injuries on the victim's neck and shoulder. Aicher was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #42819-15
Burglary - On July 21, 2015, Deputy Lawrence responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Lane in Lexington Park, after witnesses reported a foul odor coming from the vacant residence. Deputies located suspects Christina Rebecca Davis, age 35, of no fixed address, and Francis Xavier Hill, age 19, of no fixed address, asleep in the basement. Neither suspect had permission to be in the residence and were placed under arrest. They were transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with 4th Degree Burglary. CASE #42738-15
Leonardtown, Maryland- On July 21, 2015, Chief Shawn Davidson from the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, Company 39, presented the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Lexington Park COPs UNIT with the 2015 John F. Sobola Award.
"All of the interactions we've had with the members of the Lexington Park COPs UNIT have been positive. We love that the unit is community oriented, they get ahead of the problems - to make Lexington Park a better place. They are getting people involved by providing a holistic approach to many complex issues. The COPs UNIT deserves this award. We are very grateful to work with them"- Chief Shawn Davidson.
"The members of the COPs UNIT take great pride in the many relationships we
have built with the Lexington Park community over the last two years, especially with
the members of the LPVRS. It is an honor to receive the John F. Sobola Award and
we realize the significance of it. An important point to remember is that the COPs UNIT is
permanent and we will continue to build on what we started nearly two years ago. Speaking for
the unit members, this is truly the most rewarding job to have as a law
enforcement officer"- Sergeant Clay Safford, Supervisor of the Lexington Park COPs UNIT.
John Sobola began his volunteer service with the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1952 and served for 36 years. John's message to all who knew him was that of community first and he encouraged everyone todo things to make the world a better place.
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Deputy Anthony Cole, Chief Shawn Davidson, Sergeant Clay Safford, Corporal Tim Snyder