News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Lexington Park, MD- On February 4, 2020, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Deputy First Class Beyer conducted a vehicle stop in the 21800 block of Pegg Road in Lexington Park. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Melvin Royce Jones Jr., age 24 of Virginia.

During the vehicle stop, Jones fled on foot and was pursued by deputies.  Jones was taken into custody and a loaded firearm was located on Jones’ person.  

Melvin Royce Jones Jr., age 24 of Virginia

Jones was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following:

  • Handgun in Vehicle
  • Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
  • Handgun on Person
  • Loaded Handgun on Person
  • Obstruction and Hindering
  • Fraud Person/Identity to Avoid Prosecution
  • Firearm-Possession-Felony Conviction
  • Illegal Possession of Ammunition

Jones is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no-bond status.

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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