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

California, MD- On August 28, 2019, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 23400 block of Three Notch Road in California, for the reported assault.  

A preliminary investigation determined two individuals were walking from the Wildewood Shopping Center when they were confronted by numerous subjects, who are known to the individuals.  A physical altercation ensued between the parties which resulted in one female, age 19, sustaining a laceration to her back.  A second female sustained facial injuries from the altercation.

One subject was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment, and the second injured individual who sustained the laceration was ground transported to an area trauma center for treatment of minor injuries.

The investigation is still ongoing and is pending a review with the Office of the State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County.  

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Brian Fennessey at (301) 475-4200 extension *8103, or by email at

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  

Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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