News Release, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office

On April 18th, 2019 Corporal Wilson responded to Horseshoe Trail in Lusby for the report of a domestic argument coming from a car parked in the roadway. As Corporal Wilson exited his agency vehicle, a black male who was later identified as Tyree Jamal Johnson (23), started charging at him in an aggressive manner. Johnson stood in a fighting position with his hands balled up into fists and shoulders squared up to Corporal Wilson.

Tyree Jamal Johnson

Corporal Wilson put his hand out to create space between them when Johnson pushed his hand away and retreated back to the vehicle parked in the roadway. Johnson was ordered to exit the vehicle but refused to comply with orders given by Corporal Wilson. Johnson was very combative and argumentative during the incident. Johnson was subsequently placed under arrest then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Assault Second Degree and Resist/ Interfere with Arrest.

On April 20th, 2019 Deputy Lewis responded to Mattapany Road in Saint Leonard for the report of a 911 hang up. Deputy Lewis made contact with the victim on scene who stated that the suspect, Charles Edward Chase Jr. (53), was yelling and screaming inside the home and wanted to fight. The victim stated they exited the home in attempt to separate themselves from Chase.

Charles Edward Chase Jr.

While on scene, Chase was yelling from the front porch at the victim after being instructed to stop yelling profanities and to calm down. Deputy Lewis could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Chase’s breath and person. Chase continued to yell and use profanity, so he was then placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

On April 21st, 2019 Detective Rector contacted the Calvert Control Center and advised there was a fight in progress in the middle of South Bound Route 4 at Fox Run Boulevard. Deputy Sturdivant arrived on scene to assist Detective Rector. Detective Rector placed the suspect, Branden Lee Barger (39), in handcuffs and sat him on his knees in the grass. Deputy Sturdivant made contact with Barger, who began yelling obscenities at the driver of the other vehicle then became disorderly and started cursing at deputies on scene.

Branden Lee Barger

After interviewing witnesses on scene, it was discovered that Barger was weaving throughout traffic, tailgating other vehicles, and aggressively driving. Barger then got out of his vehicle and started banging on the window of the victim’s vehicle with his metal rings, trying to pull the door open to get to the driver. Deputy Sturdivant discovered a switch blade knife in the cup holder of the suspect’s vehicle. Barger was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault 2nd degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Dangerous Weapon- Conceal.

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