Charles County Sheriff's Office

Incident Briefings

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit and search by county, city, zip code or street address.

BURGLARY: On July 27 at 5:05 p.m., officers responded to a burglary in the 9200 block of Parkway Subdivision Road in La Plata. Investigation showed the suspect(s) entered the house and stole money and jewelry. PFC J. Campbell is investigating.

THEFT: On July 26, officers responded to the 10000 block of Catalina Place in White Plains for the report of a theft. Investigation showed the owner of the house had been away for a few weeks and he paid an acquaintance to stay at the house. The house sitter allowed friends inside and someone stole six rings and other jewelry. Cpl. C. T. Long is investigating.

ROBBERY: On July 25 at 10:56 p.m., officers responded to the area of Bannister Circle and Goodrick Court in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation showed the victim was in the area to purchase drugs. She indicated her cell phone lost power and she asked to borrow a passerby’s phone. At that point, the passerby and two other people assaulted the victim and stole her phone. PFC P. Morgan, III is investigating.

ASSAULT: On July 26 at 2 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 9300 block of Crain Highway in Bel Alton for the report of an assault. The victim reported a male acquaintance punched her and choked her. The man, James Clifton Johnson, 33, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with assault. PFC W. Halt investigated.

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On July 22 at 1:41 a.m., officers responded to a bar in the 2300 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the report of an armed subject. Upon arrival, multiple witnesses told officers an unknown man was singing – karaoke style – when someone in the audience yelled out the singer was not good, or words to that effect. Apparently, the singer made up his own song. The singer left the bar but returned a short time later. He was not allowed back inside because the bar was getting ready to close. The suspect left and stated he would be back. A patron, who was in line behind the suspect, noticed the suspect had a gun tucked behind his back and alerted security. Shortly afterwards,  the suspect drove by in a green passenger car and shot a few rounds towards the business. No one was injured. The suspect fled northbound on Old Washington Road. Witnesses said the suspect was driving a green passenger car, possibly a Toyota or Honda and the car may have had New Jersey plates. PFC R. Walls is investigating.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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