DATE: May 27, 2021                 

CONTACT: Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

On May 17 at 8:05 a.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 6600 block of Crain Highway in La Plata for the report of an assault and theft. An initial investigation revealed a woman entered the business, physically assaulted the cashier and stole money from the cash register. After obtaining the money, the suspect fled in a vehicle. As a result of their investigation, detectives identified the suspect as Anastasia Nichelle Artis, 32, of La Plata. Artis was charged with second-degree assault and theft. She is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center on no bond. Det. Wimberly is investigating. 

Anastasia Nichelle Artis

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