All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Mugshots and arrests briefs provided by the Public Information Officer of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; Leonardtown, MD.

Violation of Protective Order-  On December 3, 2018, Cpl. Handy responded to the 45000 block of Kilbeggan Court in California, for the reported protective order violation.  Investigation determined Ja Sean I Jae Reed, age 20 of Great Mills, violated a current court order by contacting and threatening the victim.  Reed was arrested and charged with Violation of Protective Order.  CASE# 65314-18

Ja Sean I Jae Reed 

Resisting Arrest-  On December 4, 2018, Sgt. Raddatz responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way in California, for a citizen report of a female outside the front of Walmart who had an outstanding warrant.  Sgt. Raddatz made contact with Tara Lyn Ropel, age 32 of Baltimore.  Ropel was uncooperative, pushed Sgt. Raddatz,  and attempted to flee on foot.  Ropel was taken into custody, however refused to comply with instruction and continued to fight being placed in handcuffs.  Ropel was served an outstanding warrant for Child Support and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Resist/Interfere with Arrest by Dep. Westphal.   CASE# 65622-18

Tara Lyn Ropel

Drug Arrest-  On December 5, 2018, DFC. Steinbach conducted a traffic stop in the 23100 block of Hollywood Road in Leonardtown, regarding a theft investigation.  The vehicle was being operated by Michael Shane Swales, age 46 of Hollywood.  Swales was operating the vehicle on a suspended and revoked license and during the traffic stop two baggies containing suspected cocaine were located, as well as a metal smoking device, and several syringes containing suspected cocaine residue.  Swales was arrested and charged with CDS Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS Possession-Paraphernalia, as well as numerous traffic charges. CASE# 65714-18

Michael Shane Swales