On February 14 at 9:47 p.m., officers responded to a gas station convenience store in the 11500 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for the report of an assault in progress. Upon arrival, officers discovered two victims holding the suspect on the floor and restraining his arms. Investigation revealed the suspect, Duane Anthony Shephard, 24, of Waldorf, went behind the counter inside the convenience store and began taking packs of cigarettes.

An employee told Shephard that he could not be behind the counter and that he needed to leave. Shephard began to repeatedly strike the employee over the head and in the face, using his cell phone as a weapon, leaving multiple cuts on the employee’s face and head. A bystander was in line at the time and attempted to pull Shephard away from the employee, but Shephard turned and began assaulting him as well.

The two victims were able to restrain Shephard until officers arrived. Shephard was arrested and charged with first and second degree assault, robbery, theft, and disorderly conduct.

Shephard, Duane Anthony

Pfc. A. Coulby investigated.

Mugshot provided courtesy of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office

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