FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On October 26 at approximately 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel at 3550 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. The victim was located in the lobby with a single gunshot wound to his lower back. He was flown to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. A perimeter was established and members of the Emergency Services Team responded and searched the room where the shooting occurred. It was later learned the suspects fled the scene immediately after the shooting. The victim, 23, appears to have been targeted, and detectives are continuing to work leads. Detective Shankster is investigating.

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO RECOVERY OF GUN AND DRUGS: On October 26 at 5:22 a.m., as a result of an ongoing investigation, members of the CCSO Narcotics Enforcement Section, Emergency Services Team, and the ATF served a search and seizure warrant in the 11800 block of Oak Manor Drive in Waldorf. During the search, a loaded .45 caliber handgun was recovered from a bedroom, along with approximately $1,400 worth of cocaine, packaging materials, scales, and other distribution paraphernalia. The suspect, Naquan Denzel Washington, 22, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs and illegal possession of a firearm. The Narcotics Enforcement Section investigated.

Naquan Washington

BURGLARY: Between October 24 – October 26, three juvenile males – ages 12, 13, and 14 – broke into a barn and other buildings in the 6600 block of Old La Plata Farm Place in La Plata and vandalized the property by spray painting and damaging portions of the barn. They discharged a fire extinguisher and damaged a vehicle that was inside. In addition, a hobby colony beehive was knocked over and tampered with, resulting in one of the suspects being stung numerous times. Dozens of keys to the equipment were also stolen. With the assistance of the La Plata Police Department, the suspects were identified and located. Some of the missing keys were also recovered. All three suspects were charged via a Juvenile Offense Report. PFC K. Lerch and PFC R. McMullen investigated.

BURGLARY: Between October 22 – October 25, unknown suspect(s) gained entry into a house under construction in the 2300 block of Spring Brook Court in Waldorf and damaged items that were inside. They then set a part of the garage on fire. PFC D. Butler is investigating.

BURGLARY OF SHED: On October 22 at 1:38 p.m., officers responded to the 7500 block of Sutton Drive in La Plata for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed and stole tools and other equipment. PFC B. Rash is investigating.

RRE (Racial, Religious, Ethnic) INCIDENT: Between October 20 – October 23, unknown suspect(s) spray painted swastikas and racial slurs on a vacant house in the 7700 block of Elaine Court in Port Tobacco. There were no witnesses, and the home is in a wooded area not visible from the streets. PFC B. Rash is continuing the investigation.

DISTRACTED DRIVER INITIATIVE: On October 17, officers from the Traffic Operations Unit and Patrol Operations joined the Maryland State Police (La Plata Barrack) and the Maryland Department of Transportation / State Highway Administration in conducting a Distracted Driving Initiative in the area of Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf. During the initiative, officers stopped 94 vehicles, issued 100 citations for various offenses, 24 warnings and 7 Safety Equipment Repair Orders. Two Civil Citations for drug possession were issued, and one person was arrested for heroin possession. This initiative was funded using a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

ROBBERY: On October 15 at 6:03 p.m., officers received a report of an armed robbery at the sub shop in the 4600 block of Indian Head Highway in Indian Head. Upon arrival, officers learned the suspect entered the business, pointed a gun at employees, and demanded money. While the suspect was retrieving the money, he placed the handgun down on the counter at which time an employee picked it up and chased the suspect out of the store. It was later discovered the handgun was actually a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic. The suspect is described as a white male, possibly in his twenties. Detectives are pursuing leads. Det. C. Garner is investigating.

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