News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Possess Contraband-  On March 13, 2019, Dep. Chase responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for reported contraband.  Investigation determined Brian Robert Flynn II, age 32 of Mechanicsville, and Knealand Antonio Strain, age 37 of Lexington Park, were found to have tobacco in their possession.  Flynn and Knealand were charged with Possess Contraband-Place of Confinement.  CASE# 15125-19

Brian Robert Flynn II   
Knealand Antonio Strain


Theft-  On March 13, 2019, DFC. Holdsworth was in the Lexington Park area, when a theft that had just occurred was broadcast with a suspect description and vehicle description.  DFC. Holdsworth saw a vehicle in the area that matched the suspect vehicle description, with an occupant matching the suspect description in the vehicle.  DFC. Holdsworth stopped the vehicle and made contact with a female who provided a false name and date of birth to DFC. Holdsworth. In plain view on the passenger floorboard was the victim’s stolen property. 

Ashley Nicole Thomas 

Investigation determined Ashley Nicole Thomas, age 32 with no fixed address, stole the victim’s purse out of a shopping cart at the Dollar Tree Store located in Lexington Park. Thomas initially provided a false name, however was later positively identified and it was learned Thomas was wanted on five outstanding warrants.  Thomas was arrested and charged with Theft, Credit Card: Steal Another’s, and Fraud-Personal Identity:Avoid Prosecution.  Thomas was also served the five outstanding warrants for her arrest. CASE# 15151-19


Assault-  On March 16, 2019, Cpl. Beishline responded to the 46800 block of Rogers Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported disturbance.  Cpl. Beishline arrived on scene and separated the parties and attempted to conduct an investigation, however Valerie Yvonne Wynette Gross, age 46 of Lexington Park, became disorderly and assaulted the victim in the presence of Cpl. Beishline. 

Valerie Yvonne Wynette Gross 

Cpl. Beishline attempted to take Gross into custody, however she resisted arrest, and fought being placed in handcuffs.  Gross was ultimately arrested and was found to have a CDS smoking device containing suspected cocaine on her person inside a cigarette pack. Gross was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Resist Arrest, CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possess-Paraphernalia.  CASE# 15763-19


Resist/Interfere With Arrest-  On March 16, 2019, Cpl. Beishline responded to the 46800 block of Rogers Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported disturbance.  While speaking with Joseph Cephas Harrod Jr., age 47 of Lexington Park, it was determined another individual on the scene was going to be arrested. 

Joseph Cephas Harrod Jr. 

Cpl. Beishline attempted to take that individual into custody, however Harrod intervened, and got in between Cpl. Beishline and the other party, and prohibited Cpl. Beishline from placing handcuffs on the other party.  Cpl. Beishline attempted to take Harrod into custody, at which time Harrod pulled away from Cpl. Beishline and would not allow himself to be handcuffed.  Harrod was ultimately arrested and charged with Interfere With Arrest, and Resist Arrest.  CASE# 15763-19


Assault-  On March 16, 2019, DFC. Ball responded to the 44300 block of Forest Landing Road in Hollywood, for the reported disturbance.  Upon arrival DFC. Ball observed a female later identified as Crystal Dawn Knott, age 38 of Hollywood, actively assaulting the victim. 

Crystal Dawn Knott 

DFC. Ball observed Knott on top of the victim in the front yard, actively striking the victim in the head.  Knott was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 15932-19


Assault/Disorderly–  On March 16, 2019, Cpl. Beishline responded to the 21200 block of Joe Baker Court in Lexington Park, for the reported assault.  Upon arrival, George Bernard Armstrong, age 64 of Lexington Park, became disorderly and began yelling and cursing.  Many neighbors left their apartments to come outside, as Armstrong was creating such a disturbance. 

George Bernard Armstrong 

Investigation determined Armstrong assaulted the victim while the two were arguing, causing injury to the victim’s hand.  Armstrong refused to cease his actions when ordered to do so by officers on the scene, and he continued to cause a disturbance in the neighborhood.  Armstrong was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, Fail to Obey a Lawful/Reasonable Order, and Intoxicated Public Disturbance.  CASE# 15994-19

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