DEATH INVESTIGATION: On April 3 at 3:24 a.m., officers responded to the 7400 block of Shirley Boulevard in Port Tobacco for the report of a missing person who possibly drowned. When officers arrived, they met with EMS who had arrived on the scene minutes before. A preliminary investigation showed that family members of William Washington Smith, 79, of Port Tobacco, contacted 911 after they noticed Smith was not asleep in his bed. Family members began searching the area for him and alerted police. Emergency workers found Smith, who was blind, in the water about 100 yards away from his residence; he was pronounced deceased on the scene. Smith was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. There were no obvious signs of trauma, and foul play is not suspected. The investigation is continuing.
MAN CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC-RELATED KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT: On April 3 at 1:46 p.m., officers received a report of a possible kidnapping in the area of St. Paul’s Drive and St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf. Witnesses called 911 and said they observed a female running down the sidewalk yelling for help. They also saw a male – later identified as Lloyd Wilson Daniels, Jr., 24, of Hughesville – exit a red vehicle and force the woman into his car before he fled. Eventually the woman contacted police and advised the suspect, who is known to her, physically assaulted her and forced her into the car against her will. She also indicated Daniels had abandoned the vehicle and fled. Officers located Daniels in the area of Quillen Circle and took him into custody. While he was being transported to the detention center, Daniels attempted to remove his handcuffs. He kicked an officer as the officer was trying to re-secure him. Daniels was charged with kidnapping, multiple counts of second-degree assault, and other related charges. Officer R. Welch is investigating.
DEATH INVESTIGATION: On April 3 at 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a report of a possible death near the railroad tracks near Route 925 and Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. A train operator observed the body of a male in a pond. The man was pronounced deceased on the scene. A preliminary investigation showed the man, James Steven Lancaster, Jr., 31, of no fixed address, was last seen by family members on March 27. On March 31, he was reported missing. There were no obvious signs of trauma, and foul play is not suspected. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Detective C. Shankster is investigating.
OFFICERS LOCATE THEFT SUSPECTS: On March 31 at 1:31 a.m., officers received multiple calls about several subjects breaking into cars in Waldorf neighborhoods. A witness provided a vehicle lookout, which responding officers observed as they arrived. Officers stopped an SUV, which was occupied by five juveniles and two young adults, and discovered a large amount of property inside. Officers were able to link the property to several of the thefts. Elijah Alan Murphy, 18, and Jordan Jamar Brumfield, 18, both of Waldorf, were arrested and charged with theft. The five juveniles were charged and released to their parents. PFC R. McMullen investigated.
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