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A fifth man has been charged in connection with the Aug. 5 beating and robbery of a newspaper deliveryman in Waldorf, police reported.
Detectives with the Charles County Sheriff's Office arrested Kenneth Dionel Brawner, 21, of Waldorf without incident on Saturday. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
Brawner is the fifth man to be charged in the case. Andrew Lee Washam, 21, of Waldorf was arrested Aug. 17. Derrick Jamar Thompson, 20, of Waldorf and Jerrod Lamont Benson, 21, of Lexington Park were arrested the next day. Gregory Lee Boseman Jr., 19, of Waldorf was arrested Aug. 22.
All five have been charged with robbery, first- and second-degree assault, theft and motor vehicle theft.
Benson, Thompson and Boseman also had bail set at $100,000 while Washam is being held on $50,000 bail, according to online court records.
The victim, a 62-year-old Waldorf resident, was making newspaper deliveries around 2:40 a.m. Aug. 5 in the 3300 block of Ryon Court when he was assaulted by a group of men.
During the attack, one of the robbers stole the deliveryman’s driver’s license, money and cellphone and stripped him of his clothes.
The men continued punching and kicking the deliveryman before fleeing in his delivery van.
The deliveryman was able to crawl to the lobby of the sheriff’s office’s nearby District 3 station in Waldorf, where department and emergency personnel rendered aid. He then was taken to Civista Medical Center in La Plata with injuries that were severe but not life-threatening, police reported.
Officers located the van nearby in the 12100 block of Vivian Adams Drive.
Investigators canvassed the neighborhood. As part of the investigation, detectives handed out fliers and told residents how to contact Crime Solvers. The four men were identified as a result of citizen tips, police reported.
Detectives have also linked Thompson to the Aug. 2 robbery of a clerk at a convenience store on St. Ignatius Drive.
In that case, Thompson is accused of grabbing the clerk by the neck and stealing four packs of cigarettes. Investigators served an arrest warrant for Thompson on Wednesday charging him with robbery, second-degree assault and theft.
Anyone with additional information should call detective B. Buchanan at 301-609-6477, detective J. Austin at 301-609-6504 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.