On January 18, Elijah Bernard Barnes, 18, of Waldorf, was arrested by detectives with the Rocky Mount Police Department in North Carolina in connection with the murder of Rajon Lateef Jackson, III, 17, who was shot and killed last week in Waldorf.

Jackson, a Westlake High School student, was walking home from school on January 13 and was in the area of Dorchester Circle and Harvest Fish Place when Barnes, who was in a car, shot Jackson and fled.

Elijah Bernard Barnes, 18, of Waldorf Credit: Charles County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives assigned to the CCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and pursued leads. As a result of their investigation, detectives could identify the suspect and obtain an arrest warrant positively. With the assistance of the Agency’s Homeland Security and Intelligence Section, the suspect was found to be associated with an address in North Carolina.

Investigators contacted the Rocky Mount Police Department, located Barnes, and took him into custody without incident. Barnes will be charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder once he is extradited to Maryland.

Detectives continued developing a motive; however, the suspect and victim were known to each other, and this was not a random shooting.

Anyone with information about this case should call Det. Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters who want 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 using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is still ongoing.


On January 13 at 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Dorchester Circle and Harvest Fish Place in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located the victim who had gunshot wounds.

Officers and EMS rendered first aid to the victim who was transported to a hospital and died early this morning as a result of his injuries. 

A preliminary investigation revealed the victim, Rajon Lateef Jackson, III, 17, of Waldorf, was walking home and was in his neighborhood in the area of Dorchester Circle and Harvest Fish Place when he was shot by the suspect. 

This does not appear to be a random act. Detectives are pursuing leads and ask anyone with information to call Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. Additional details will be released when they become available. The investigation is ongoing.


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