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

First-Degree Assault: On June 18, 2019, Patrol officers responded to the area of 22000 Mojave Drive in Great Mills for the report of a shooting. Several shell casings were located, and three bullet holes were observed in two residences. Witnesses described seeing a red Ford Explorer leaving the area. On June 20, 2019, deputies observed the vehicle on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park.

Vincent Lavey Harrington

The registration plates did not match the vehicle and deputies attempted a traffic stop. After a short chase, the vehicle came to a stop and Vincent Lavey Harrington, 18 of Washington DC, was apprehended. In an interview, Harrington admitted to operating the motor vehicle and firing several shots toward the 22000 block of Mojave Drive on June 18, using a Glock handgun. The vehicle was reported as being stolen out of Bowie. Harrington was charged with First-Degree Assault, Loaded Handgun on Person, Firearm Use in Violent Crime, Second-Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Possession of a Firearm/Minor by Detective Brian Fennessey. Case # 35121-19 


Theft: On June 20, 2019, DFC Daniel Holdsworth was traveling on Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville when he received a license plate reader hit, indicating that a license plate on an adjacent vehicle was stolen.

The driver, Anthony John Knittel, 36 of Hollywood, initially denied knowledge of the theft, but then said the plates came from a friend of a friend. Knittel was charged with Theft: Less than $100. Case # 35501-19 (no photo available) 


Assault: On June 21, 2019, Deputy Max Schell responded to the 45800 block of Jay Dee Court in Lexington Park for the report of a disturbance. The victim advised that Chester Elwood McMahan 4th, 38 of Lexington Park, threw an object which struck the victim on the nose causing a scratch.

Chester Elwood McMahan

McMahan was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Second-Degree Assault. Case # 35759-19 


CDS Possession: On June 21, 2019, Deputy Tyler Westphal responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for a reported CDS violation. Westphal was advised that Wendell Ignatius Ford Jr., 29 of Lexington Park, was in possession of a white powdery substance while on the home detention program.

Wendell Ignatius Ford Jr.

Returned to the detention center, Ford was found to have a dollar bill with white powdery substance in which Ford said was “probably cocaine.” Ford was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement. Case # 35699-19 


Assault: On June 22, 2019, DFC Dale Smith responded to the 45700 block of Oregon Way in Lexington Park for the report of a disturbance. The victim advised that Joseph Gerard Denaro, 61 of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim by the wrist and threw the victim to the ground. Denaro then hit the victim on the back of the head with an unknown object.

Joseph Gerard Denaro

A bump on the back of the victim’s head was observed and Denaro was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Second-Degree Assault and Theft less than $100. Case # 35871-19 


TrespassingTimothy Lee Barnes, 56 of Lexington Park, was arrested on June 22, 2019 for Trespassing on Private Property at 21628 Great Mills Road by Cpl. Alvin Beishline. Case # 36021-19 (no photo available)   


Malicious Property Destruction: On June 22, 2019, DFC Carl Ball responded to the 21600 block of Liberty Street in Lexington Park for the report of property destruction. The victim advised that Cody Michael Kiser, 26 of Lexington Park, had been over the night before and an argument ensued. The next day, the victim found the rear passenger side window of the victim’s vehicle had been broken out. Kiser admitted to breaking the window and there was injury to his right hand and wrist. Kiser was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property less than $1,000. Case # 35946-19 (no photo available)  


Theft: On June 23, 2019, Cpl. Brian Connelly responded to the California Walmart store for the report of a shoplifter in custody. A witness advised that Theresa Marie Huggins, 30 of Lusby, was about to leave the store with a purse-full of items without a receipt. The value of the merchandise was $121. Huggins was charged with Theft: $100 to $1,500. Case # 36177-19 (no photo available) 


Disorderly Conduct: On June 23, 2019, a private group had rented a meeting room at the Lexington Park Library. Ashley Kyle Morgan, 42 of Leonardtown, attempted to register for that event, but had registered for another later that day and was advised by deputies he could not enter the room until 3 pm.

Ashley Kyle Morgan

Morgan ran into the room and created a disturbance, yelling at the approximately 75 people in the room. Morgan was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace/Disorderly, Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order, Resist/Interfere with Arrest and Trespass Public Agency During Hours by DFC Carl Ball. Case # 36128-19 


First-Degree Assault: On June 23, 2019, Deputy Dianne Hersh responded to the 37300 block of Asher Road in Mechanicsville for the report of an assault with a knife. The victim advised that there had been an argument all day with Robert Allen Helmondollar Jr., 29 of Mechanicsville. Helmondollar went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and chased the victim in the apartment.

Robert Allen Helmondollar Jr.

Helmondollar also swung the knife at the victim hear the neck but did not make contact. Helmondollar also attempted to burn the victim’s bank cards using the stove. Helmondollar was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with First-Degree Assault. Case # 36084-19 


Indecent Exposure: On June 23, 2019, Cpl. Alvin Beishline responded to the California Walmart store for the report of indecent exposure where several victims advised that Jonathan Alexan Zelaya Beltran, 22 of Montgomery Village, had exposed himself multiple times.

Jonathan Alexan Zelaya Beltran

Zelaya Beltran was located by Maryland State Police and he was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with six counts of indecent exposure by DFC Beishline. Case # 36173-19


Indecent Exposure: On June 23, 2019, Cpl. Alvin Beishline responded to the California Walmart store for the report of indecent exposure where several victims advised that Jonathan Alexan Zelaya Beltran, 22 of Montgomery Village, had exposed himself multiple times.

Shuree Sinese Weems

Zelaya Beltran was located by Maryland State Police and he was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with six counts of indecent exposure by DFC Beishline. Case # 36173-19


Violation of Protective Order: On June 25, 2019, Deputy Joseph Bowling responded to the 47400 block of Southampton Drive in Lexington Park for the report of Violation of Protective Order. 

Terrance Leon Lyles

Terrance Leon Lyles, 58 of no fixed address, had called the victim 17 times, plus sent one text message. Lyles was charged with Violation of Protective Order. Case # 36645-19 


Open Container: On June 21, 2019, Vicki Marie Curtis, 41 of Lexington Park, was charged with Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol at 46940 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park by Cpl. Vincent Pontorno. Case # 35732-19 

Vicki Marie Curtis

Trespassing: On June 21, 2019, James Calvin Morgan, 51 of Lexington Park, was charged with Trespassing at 46940 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park by Cpl. Vincent Pontorno. Case # 35740-19 

James Calvin Morgan

Burglary: On June 25, 2019, Deputy Latisha Baker responded to the area of Columbus Drive/Creeping Primrose Lane in Lexington Park for the report of a suspicious person. The victims advised that Jhaqueline Amarilis Hernandez-Ordones, 19 of Lexington Park, had entered a home and was found standing in a bedroom holding a pooper scooper.

Jhaqueline Amarilis Hernandez-Ordones

The victims tried to question Hernandez-Ordones, but she did not speak English. Hernandez-Ordones was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Fourth-Degree Burglary to a Dwelling. Case # 36516-19 


Rogue and Vagabond: On June 22, 2019, Deputy Jonathan Fenwick responded to the 22900 block of Esperanza Drive in Lexington Park for the report of a burglary to a motor vehicle. Upon investigation, it was determined that Travis Dimitri Smoot, 34 of no fixed address, had entered 14 vehicles at 10 different residences in the neighborhood and stole items out of four of those vehicles.

Travis Dimitri Smoot

Smoot admitted to every incident and advised he went into the neighborhood on a bicycle, taking loose change from some of the vehicles that he entered. He said he committed the crimes due to not having any money and needing some cash. Smoot was charged with 14 counts of Rogue and Vagabond and four counts of Theft: Under $100. Case # 35889-19


Contraband: On June 26, 2019, DFC Carl Ball responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for the report of contraband.

Turez Lydell Creek

A search of Turez Lydell Creek, 30 of Lexington Park, found him to be carrying a small baggie of tobacco and rolling paper in the sole of his shoe. Creek was charged with Possession of Contraband in Place of Confinement. Case # 36731-19 


Assault: On June 27, 2019, Cpl. Rozier Steinbach responded to the 23800 block of McIntosh Road in Hollywood for the report of a disturbance.

Barbara Marie Adams

The victim advised that Barbara Marie Adams, 35 of Hollywood, scratched and struck the victim leaving visible injuries to the victim. Adams was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Second-Degree Assault. Case # 37115-19


Trespassing: On June 23, 2019, Deputy Kyler Kilgore responded to the 21600 block of Great Mills Road to assist in an eviction. Noble Blyden Conrad Jr., 38 of no fixed address, was ordered several times to vacate the premises but refused to do so.

Conrad was advised if he refused to vacate the property he would be arrested for trespassing. Conrad raised his hands and advised Deputy Kilgore to “Take me to jail.” Conrad was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Trespassing on Private Property. Case # 36748-19 (no photo available) 


Open Container: On June 25, 2019, Cpl. Vincent Pontorno charged James Calvin Morgan, 51 of Lexington Park, with Consuming Open Alcohol Container at 46930 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Case # 36527-19

James Calvin Morgan

Public Consumption: On June 25, 2019, Cpl. Glen Knott charged Adam Christopher Kelson, 53 of Lexington Park, with Consume Alcohol in Public at 21800 North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Case # 36554-19 (no photo available) 


Public Consumption: On June 25, 2019, Cpl. Glen Knott charged Adam Christopher Pruitt, 31 of Lexington Park, with Consume Alcohol in Public at 21800 North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Case # 36554-19 

Adam Christopher Pruitt

Open Container: On June 25, 2019, Cpl. Vincent Pontorno charged William Alexander Sledge, 59 of Lexington Park, with Consume Open Container Alcohol and Failure to Appear: Possession of Paraphernalia at 21800 North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Case # 36554-19 

William Alexander Sledge

Public Consumption: On June 25, 2019, Cpl. Glen Knott charged Jerome Daniels, 42 of Prince Frederick, with Consumption of Alcohol in Public at 46930 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Case # 36527-19

Jerome Daniels

Public Consumption: On June 25, 2019, Cpl. Vincent Pontorno charged Gerald Anthony Knott, 46 of Lexington Park, with Consume an Open Alcoholic Beverage at 21800 North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Case # 36554-19 

Gerald Anthony Knott

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...