Defendants pretended to be U.S. Marshals
News Release, State’s Attorney’s Office for Charles County
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Bernard Green to 25 years in prison for Home Invasion and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
On June 27, 2019, Green entered a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court.
On September 3, 2017, officers responded to the 3500 block of Elsa Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a home invasion. Upon entrance to the residence, officers discovered two adult victims, one male and one female, confined in separate areas in the basement level of the home. The female victim’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape and plastic zip ties, while the male victim’s hands were handcuffed behind his back and feet were bound together with flex cuffs.
An investigation into the home invasion revealed that during the evening hours of September 3, 2017, three suspects knocked on the door of the victims’ residence. Each of the suspects wore jackets that read “US Marshals” and relayed that they were there for official business. Soon after the victims answered the door, the suspects forced the victims into the basement area of the residence, assaulting them both and bounding them. Young children were also present at the residence during the incident, but they were unharmed. Before fleeing the scene, the suspects stole marijuana, money, two handguns, and the male victim’s vehicle.
During the course of the investigation, Green, as well as co-defendants Dakevis Larry Maryland and Danzie Lee Barron were identified as the suspects who entered the home. Co-defendant Michael Damion Coffer was discovered to be a part of the home invasion by providing the victims as a target to Green; although, he was not present on the night in question and never entered the residence. A last suspect, co-defendant Jermel Andrico D’Aubrey Thomas was identified to have a limited role as a look out during the home invasion but abandoned the other co-defendants before they left the residence after committing the offense.
Based on the investigation, Green was identified as one of the organizers of the home invasion along with Coffer.