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.

MAN CHARGED WITH STALKING, VIOLATION OF PEACE ORDER AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On Nov. 23 at 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 3800 block of Light Arms Place in Waldorf for the report of suspicious activity. Investigation showed the suspect, Joseph Ernest Cooper, 44, of Waldorf was outside the house of a former friend. Cooper was in violation of a peace order and was not supposed to be in the area. Officers canvassed the neighborhood but Cooper was gone. Later, Cooper went back to the house and slashed two tires on the victim’s car. Officers responded back and canvassed the area. Master Corporal D. Belfield, along with PFC L. Blake and his K9 partner, began a track for Cooper. Officer H. Burgess located Cooper hiding in his car which was parked on Gallery Place. Two knives were recovered from Cooper’s car and a check revealed Cooper had several open warrants. Cooper was arrested and charged with stalking, violation of a peace order and destruction of property.

MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On Nov. 23 at 2:23 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf for an assault. Investigation showed the suspect threatened a female acquaintance with a handgun. Officers located the suspect, Michael Charles Latimer, Jr., 30, of Waldorf and charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, firearm in possession of a felon. Officer A. Bringley investigated.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 22 at 8:57 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a self storage lot in the 4600 block of Crain Highway in White Plains and stole numerous items. It appeared additional storage units were also tampered with but no one gained entry in those units. PFC J. Walter is investigating.

ROBBERY: On Nov. 22 at 3:31 a.m., officers responded to the 5700 block of Serenity Lane in Marbury for the report of an assault. Investigation showed a man and a woman were getting out of their car when they were approached by two males dressed in dark clothes. The suspects ordered the victims to the ground and one of the suspects pulled a knife. The suspects demanded money and the victims complied. A police K9 handler and his partner tracked the suspects to a nearby street but they were gone. Officers are looking into the possibility the suspects were breaking into cars when the victims arrived home. Officer J. Squirewill is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 21, between 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 2300 block of Audrey Manor Court in Waldorf and stole a game system, money and a laptop. Officer D. Proctor is investigating.

BURGLARY: Sometime between Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 4100 block of Arthur Ross Place in Indian Head and stole money, jewelry and a television. Officer C. Collins investigated.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 21 at 11:19 a.m., officers responded to the 4600 block of Hunters Ridge Court in La Plata for the report of suspicious activity. The homeowner advised someone opened the back door to her house but shut once they were discovered. Officers canvassed the area but no one was located. PFC J. Walter investigated.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY: On Nov. 21 at 11:45 a.m., officers responded to the 8800 block of Silverleaf Court in Waldorf for an attempt break in. The homeowner said someone knocked on his front door, but he did not answer. He then saw a man attempting to force his way inside through a back door. The suspect fled after the homeowner spotted him. The victim saw the suspect get into a dark-colored car, possibly a Nissan Altima. PFC R. Johnson is investigating.

COMMERCIAL ROBBERY: On Nov. 21 at 12:17 a.m., officers responded to the Dash In at 11290 Billingsley Road in Waldorf for a robbery. Investigations showed two males entered the store wearing masks. One of the suspects pulled a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspects fled and the clerks called police. No one was injured. Det. Wimberly is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 20 between 6:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., someone kicked in the back door of a house in the 8200 block of Cheswolde Court in White Plains and stole jewelry, cash, and shoes. Officer D. Proctor 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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