Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Officer Involved Shooting in Lexington Park



On January 27, 2020, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported domestic assault, property destruction and homicidal threats.  Once on scene officers were advised by the victim that John Francis Tippett Jr., age 43 of Lexington Park, had access to several weapons and had made threats to harm himself and shoot responding police. Tippett broke out the windshield of the victim`s vehicle while she was attempting to flee the area. Deputies confirmed Tippett had multiple warrants for his arrest. While interviewing the victim, nearby officers heard numerous shots being fired by the suspect. Several 911 calls were received reporting shots being fired in the area. 

Deputies and troopers attempted to contain Tippett and heard shots being fired.  St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiations Team responded to the scene and began speaking with Tippett.  Tippett went in and out of the residence multiple times, each time shooting at police as well as a compressed gas tank in the driveway. During the encounter, deputies subsequently returned fire striking Tippett.  Life saving measures were immediately attempted but Tippett succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. After securing the scene a suspicious bag was discovered in the driveway prompting the request for the response of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Tippett will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided as warranted.

For official news and information follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.



Monday, January 27, 2020

On View Arrests/Warrants/Criminal Citation



On View Arrests:

Assault-  On January 23, 2020, Cpl. Tirpak responded to the 47300 block of West St. Mary's Manor Road in Drayden, for the reported check the welfare. Contact was made with the victim who advised Barry Alexander Crenshaw, age 52 of Drayden, assaulted the victim by striking the victim in the head numerous times. Crenshaw was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 4692-20
Barry Alexander Crenshaw

Violate Peace Order-  On January 23, 2020, DFC. Budd responded to the 46400 block Sue Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported violation of a peace order. Investigation determined Marshall Howard Carr, age 56 of Lexington Park,  was on the victim's property in violation of a valid court order prohibiting Carr from being on the property. Carr was arrested and charged with Violate Peace Order.  CASE# 4643-20
Marshall Howard Carr

Assault-  On January 24, 2020, Dep. Wimberly responded to the 46400 block of Sue Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported assault.  Investigation determined Edgar Enrique Campos-Aguilar, age 51 of Lexington Park, forced entry to the victim's residence by kicking open the front door. Once inside the residence Campos-Aguilar grabbed the victim by the hair, and began hitting the victim in face, as well as kicked the victim.  A second victim present in the residence was also kicked in the head by Campos-Aguilar.  Campos-Aguilar was arrested and charged with Burglary and two counts of Assault 2nd Degree.  Campos-Aguilar was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree. 
Edgar Enrique Campos-Aguilar 



Warrants:

01/24/20- Edgar Enrique Campos-Aguilar, age 51 of Lexington Park- Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Ruest# 204.  CASE# 68155-19
Edgar Enrique Campos-Aguilar 

01/24/20- Justin Arthur Hoover, age 34 of Leonardtown- Driving Motor Vehicle on Suspended License by Dep. Salas# 358.  CASE# 4824-20 (No Photograph Available)

01/24/20- Dennis Edward Moore, age 54 of Great Mills- Driving Motor Vehicle without Required License and Authorization by Dep. Salas# 358.  CASE# 4822-20
Dennis Edward Moore 

01/24/20- Brianna Nicole Boatman, age 18 of Mechanicsville- Malicious Destruction of Property by DFC. Holdsworth# 305.  CASE# 44332-19
Brianna Nicole Boatman

0126/20- Joseph Aloysius Curtis, age 56 of Great Mills- Possess Open Container in Public by Dep. Edwards# 335.  CASE# 5186-20
Joseph Aloysius Curtis 

Criminal Citation:

01/24/20- Karla Elizabeth Flores-Calero, age 19 of Lusby- Theft by DFC. McClure# 299.  CASE# 4936-20 (No Photograph Available)


Identity Needed for Theft Suspect

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm, the suspect stole a package from the victim’s front porch at the 46300 block of Shining Willow Lane in Lexington Park. The box contained a pair of tie-dyed Crocs shoes. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call DFC Carl Ball at 301-475-4200, ext. 78131 or email carl.ball@stmarysmd.com. Case # 4680-20

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.




Thursday, January 23, 2020

On View Arrests/Warrant



On View Arrests:

Assault/Obstructing and Hindering- On January 18, 2020, DFC. Lawrence responded to the 21800 block of Ronald Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported assault. While conducting the investigation Davione Syheme Mason, age 19 of Lexington Park, began yelling at a witness on the scene trying to prevent the witness from speaking to officers.  Mason continually interrupted the investigation and ultimately had to be removed for DFC. Lawrence to conduct the investigation.  Investigation determined Mason struck the victim several times, causing visible injury.  Mason was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Obstructing and Hindering.  CASE# 3521-20
Davione Syheme Mason

Assault-  On January 18, 2020, Cpl. Ruest responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, for the reported assault.  Investigation determined Wyatt Naquan Zimmerman, age 35 of Lexington Park, punched the victim in the head during an argument. Zimmerman was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 3551-20
Wyatt Naquan Zimmerman

Assault-  On January 18, 2020, Cpl. Ruest responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, for the reported assault. Investigation determined Jessica Nicole Michael, age 29 of Leonardtown, was arguing with the victim when she began to hit and slap the victim.  Michael was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 3555-20
Jessica Nicole Michael

False Alarm- On January 19, 2020, Cpl. Tirpak responded to the 46900 block of Lei Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported individual continually activating the fire alarm.  Investigation determined over the course of several days, William Joseph Goodwin, age 53 of no fixed address, activated the fire alarm inside the establishment at least six times, causing evacuations when there was no fire or emergency. Goodwin was arrested and charged with False Alarm/Fire-Cause. CASE# 3760-20
William Joseph Goodwin

Fail to Obey Reasonable Order/Obstructing and Hindering-  On January 19, 2020, Cpl. Handy conducted a traffic stop in the 24800 block of Point Lookout Road in Loveville.  The operator of the vehicle was identified to be Chad William Bowen, age 26 of Mechanicsville. Bowen was found to be operating the vehicle with a suspended license. Bowen was cited and a tow truck called to have the vehicle removed.  Due to the weather, Bowen was permitted to sit in the vehicle until the arrival of the tow truck. Upon the arrival of the tow truck, Bowen refused to exit the vehicle after being advised numerous times to do so. Bowen was ultimately taken into custody and charged with Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order and Obstructing and Hindering. CASE# 3645-20
Chad William Bowen

Assault-  On January 20, 2020, Dep. Wimberly responded to the 45600 block of Oregon Way in Lexington Park, for the reported assault. Investigation determined Patricia Lynn Jones, age 57 of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim by scratching and hitting the victim in the head. Jones was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 3797-20
Patricia Lynn Jones 




Warrant:

01/22/20- Shane Tyler Griffin, age 38 of Bushwood- Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft and Malicious Destruction of Property by Dep. Graves# 354.  CASE# 68621-20
Shane Tyler Griffin 


Warrants Served/Criminal Citations



Warrants Served:



01/18/20- Diamond Djenne Owens, age 20 of Princess Anne- FTA/Burglary by Dep. Hersh# 343.  CASE# 3512-20
Diamond Djenne Owens 

01/19/20- Joshua Aaron Clegg, age 24 of Tall Timbers- Sex Abuse Minor- House/Family and two counts of Incest by Dep. Schell# 359.  CASE# 2517-20
Joshua Aaron Clegg

01/21/20- Steven Rene Tharpe Jr., age 29 of Lexington Park- Violation of Probation/Attempted 3rd Degree Burglary, Trespass Private Property, and Theft by Dep. Burgess# 355.  CASE# 4258-20
Steven Rene Tharpe Jr. 

01/21/20- Alphonso Warren Brooks, age 24 of Mechanicsville- Theft and Theft Scheme by DFC. Holdsworth# 305.  CASE# 4017-20
Alphonso Warren Brooks 

01/21/20- Mandy Lee Dean, age 39 of St. Leonard- Driving While Suspended by DFC. Payne# 320.  CASE# 4160-20
Mandy Lee Dean 




Criminal Citations:

01/17/20- Devonte Twain Harrod, age 20 of Lexington Park- Theft by DFC. Budd# 325.  CASE# 3356-20
Devonte Twain Harrod 

01/17/20- William Joseph Goodwin, age 53 of Lexington Park- Trespass: Private Property by DFC. Budd# 325.  CASE# 3292-20
William Joseph Goodwin

01/17/20- Haley Elizabeth Morris, age 20 of Lexington Park- Theft by DFC. Budd# 325.  CASE# 3356-20 (No Photograph Available)

01/19/20- Victoria Nicole Proctor, age 29 of Scotland- Theft by DFC. Lawrence# 279.  CASE# 3725-20 (No Photograph Available)

01/20/20- Michael Dean Pistorio age 19 of Aquasco- Theft by Dep. Graves# 354.  CASE# 3898-20 (No Photograph Available)

01/20/20- Nathan Lee Davis, age 28 of Lusby- 4 counts of Theft by Dep. Graves# 354.  CASE# 3898-20/3917-20
Nathan Lee Davis 


Sgt. Grumbles Retires from Sheriff's Office After 25 Years

Sgt. Cara Grumbles

Sgt. Cara Grumbles, a veteran of more than 25 years with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, retired from duty today, Jan. 23, 2020.

Sgt. Grumbles worked across numerous divisions of the Sheriff’s Office during her career in St. Mary’s County. Starting with the Sheriff’s Office on July 5, 1994, Grumbles graduated from the Southern Maryland Justice Academy in March 1995 and was assigned to the Patrol Division.

She was a Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor, affectionately known over the years as “Mama Bear,” for taking younger officers under her wing and providing support, tutelage and supervision.

In 1998, Grumbles was assigned as a detective with the Criminal Investigations Division, working investigations on felony cases. She was later assigned to the Special Operations Division, first as an instructor at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy and later as the supervisor of the Lexington Park Community Oriented Police (COPs) Unit.

From there, she moved to the Sheriff’s Office Administrative Division as the Public Information Officer and then assigned to the Office of Professional Responsibilities.

Sgt. Grumbles ended her career as a supervisor for Squad 2A in the Patrol Division.

“Sgt. Cara Grumbles was a steadfast, loyal and dedicated deputy throughout her impressive career here,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “We applaud and sincerely appreciate her time and commitment to our community here in St. Mary’s County. I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors,” the Sheriff said.

Sgt. Grumbles “has made a profound impact on this agency in every position ever held and always took time to mentor and help those who served with her,” Capt. David Yingling, Commander of the Patrol Division, said. “She will be missed as an active member of the agency but will always be a member of our family.”

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Home Invasion Arrests




On January 16, 2020, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown for the reported assault. Preliminary investigation determined three masked individuals forced entry into the 20-year-old male victim’s residence located in the 24400 block of Morgan Road in Hollywood, between the hours of 6-7 a.m. on January 16th. Once inside the residence two of the suspects assaulted the victim by striking him repeatedly and one of the suspects, identified as Cody Dustin Combs, age 22 of Leonardtown, brandished a knife. 

During the assault the victim advised one of the suspects later identified to be Bryon Michael Bishop, age 22 of Leonardtown, pointed a handgun at him. The victim advised Combs and Bishop searched his belongings and ultimately all three suspects left the residence with property belonging to the victim. The third suspect in the incident has been identified as a 17-year-old female from Hollywood.  The victim advised he is familiar with the 17-year-old and Combs and therefore was able to identify both individuals during the assault. Bishop was identified as a suspect during the investigation.

All three suspects were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following:  

Home Invasion
Assault First Degree
Assault Second Degree
Burglary First Degree
Theft

All three suspects remain incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on a no bond status. The juvenile female involved has been charged as an adult. Due to a recent change in Maryland law the name and photograph of the juvenile will not be released until the court makes a finding at the waiver hearing to determine the jurisdiction of this incident.

The victim was treated for numerous injuries sustained in the assault and has been released from the hospital.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.



Cody Dustin Combs


Bryon Michael Bishop 



Deputy Fretwell Named as Deputy of the Third Quarter 2019

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the personnel of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office presented staff with awards for excellence during the third quarter of 2019 at a ceremony Wednesday morning.

Deputy of the Quarter:

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Deputy James Fretwell 
Deputy James Fretwell was named the Deputy of the Quarter for demonstrating a high level of activity in traffic enforcement. Deputy Fretwell led his patrol squad in the highest number of traffic stops during the quarter. He immediately took special interest in window-tint infractions upon being notified of Sheriff Cameron's concerns for officer safety. Deputy Fretwell was awarded for his excellent use of time management between traffic enforcement, calls in progress, calls for service and caseload management.

Commendation:

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Station Clerk Kelly Crosby  
Station Clerk Kelly Crosby was commended by the Criminal Investigations Division for her assistance in developing information about a suspect vehicle which led to the arrest of a suspect for attempted murder.

Sheriff's Salute:

Sheriff Tim Cameron, Corrections Sgt. Brian Gillingham and Deputy Dianne Hersh
Gillingham and Hersh were saluted for their attention to detail and teamwork in helping a potentially suicidal subject, which also resulted in the arrest of a wanted person.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Detective Edward Vogt 
Detective Vogt was saluted for his expanded role in the Criminal Investigations Division in helping with caseloads on his days off, helping to conduct surveillance and assisting with search warrants.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and CO Jonathan Rosado 
CO Rosado was saluted for his observations at the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center of two inmates who were tattooing each other. The inmates handed over the contraband and were charged within the facility.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Corrections Cpl. Vincent Shontere 
Correctional Officers Rosado and Shontere were saluted for their observations of an inmate attempting to conceal contraband. A strip search was conducted and a plastic bag of tobacco was recovered from the inmate.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Corrections Cpl. Sebije Boyd 
Corrections Cpl. Boyd was saluted for her attention to detail and polite professional demeanor at the detention center. On many occasions, inmates have written letters to supervisors and command staff acknowledging Cpl. Boyd as an exceptional officer. 

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Crime Analyst Margaret Beall-Windsor 
Margaret (Elaine) Beall-Windsor was saluted for her persistence and determination which led to the arrest and charging of a suspect for a bank and liquor store robbery last year.

Cpl. Kristi Nelson (not pictured) is assigned to the town of Leonardtown and was saluted for her dedication, persistence and commitment to the Sheriff's Office, working tirelessly to ensure that the town is provided with the highest level of professionalism and service.

Wanted Wednesday: Deshawn Anthony Carey

Deshawn Anthony Carey 
On Wednesdays in 2020, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be making posts on our social media pages for those wanted on open warrants for various offenses in the hopes that community members could have information about their whereabouts.

If you know where these offenders can be found, call the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.

Citizens may also contact the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Deshawn Anthony Carey, 31 of Lexington Park

Wanted for Child Support warrant, offenses against family and children

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Identity Needed for Vandalism Suspect


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person driving the vehicle pictured in a vandalism investigation. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm, the image of the suspect vehicle was captured at the same time a projectile pierced the window of the Five Below store in California. A small white marble was recovered, believed to be the projectile.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call DFC Dustin McClure at 301-475-4200, ext. 78038 or email dustin.mcclure@stmarysmd.com. Case # 2898-20

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.