Charles County Sheriff's Office

Incident Briefs March 23, 2017


SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: On March 23 at 12:07 a.m., an unknown suspect discharged a blank round on the second floor hallway of a building at 3495 Promenade Place in Waldorf.  Officers searched the area, but did not locate anyone. The motive is not known. Pfc.  R. Herbert is investigating.

CAB DRIVER ROBBED: On March 23 at 4:15 a.m., officers responded to the 3500 block of Promenade Place in Waldorf after a cab driver called to report he had been robbed. Investigation showed the driver went to the address to pick up a fare. When he arrived, a lone male suspect entered the car, displayed a handgun and demanded money and the victim’s cell phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as a black male, possibly in his early twenties, with a medium build, wearing blue jeans and a dark colored skull cap. Pfc. C. Curtis is investigating.

OFFICERS APPREHEND SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY CASE: On March 22 at 1:21 p.m., officers responded to the Smallwood Village shopping center in Waldorf for the report of an attempted robbery. Investigation showed the suspect approached the victim as she was walking in the parking lot and attempted to grab her purse from her. The victim was able to pull away and run. Officers located the suspect, Dorvay Dante Bell, 36, of Waldorf, and arrested him. He was charged with attempted robbery and is being held at the Charles County Detention Center. Officer R. Ondrish is investigating.

Dorvay Bell

Dorvay Bell

MAN CHARGED WITH DUI AND POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On March 22 at 10:54 p.m., officers responded to the 5300 block of Smith Drive in Indian Head for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located a running vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. Upon contact, officers immediately realized the driver was under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. Officers also found 7 grams of suspected powder cocaine, a scale, and small plastic baggies in the car. The driver, Paul Harley, 35, of Port Tobacco, resisted arrest but was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence and possession of narcotics. Officer V. Pancotti is investigating.

Paul Harley

Paul Harley

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