UPDATE 2/18/2022: On October 27, 2020, officers responded to the 12300 block of Mount Clare Place in Waldorf for the report of a death.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim, Herbert Andrei James, 64, inside his residence with trauma to his body. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and ruled the death a homicide. Through investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect.

On February 4, 2022, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Artie Cofield, 51, of Virginia. Cofield was known to the victim. On February 12, Cofield was located in Wichita Falls, Texas by the United States Marshals Service. Cofield is currently being detained in Wichita Falls and is awaiting extradition.

Artie Cofield, 51, of Virgini

Sgt. Garner and Detective Worley are continuing the investigation.


On October 27 at 11:40 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of Mount Clare Place in Waldorf after receiving a call to check on the welfare of a resident who lived in one of the apartments.

Upon arrival, officers located Herbert Andrei James, 64, deceased inside his residence. He had trauma to his body and foul play is suspected. It does not appear this is a random incident.

Police are still investigating the murder of a woman found at her home with trauma to the body. On October 25 at approximately 2:56 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of Glenview Place in Waldorf after receiving a call for the report of death inside an apartment. Upon arrival, officers located Latoya Hicks, 33, of Waldorf, inside her apartment doorway

Detectives are pursuing leads and ask anyone with information to contact Detective C. Garner at (301) 609-6531. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.


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...

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