On October 27, 2020, officers responded to the 12300 block of Mount Clare Place in Waldorf for the report of a death. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, Herbert Andrei James, 64, inside his residence with trauma to his body. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and ruled the death a homicide. Through investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect. On February 4, 2022, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Artie Cofield, 51, of Virginia. Cofield was known to the victim. On February 12, Cofield was located in Wichita Falls, Texas by the United States Marshals Service. Cofield is currently being detained in Wichita Falls and is awaiting extradition. Sgt. Garner and Detective Worley are continuing the investigation.


Artie Cofield



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