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Man stabbed in face by robbers

A trio of robbers, two wearing masks and one wearing his dreadlocks in a ponytail, took money Friday from a man, police report, after the culprits beat him and stabbed him in the face as he walked home through Lexington Park’s Westbury neighborhood.

The injured 32-year-old man was treated and released at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital after the 6:44 p.m. incident on Rodine Way, according to a senior detective with the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Police have not determined what type of weapon caused the injury.

Detectives requested that anyone with information about the case call St. Mary’s Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333.

Drayden man charged with assault

Patrick Neal Boothe, 26, of Drayden was released Saturday on $5,000 bond after his arrest on charging papers alleging he repeatedly fired a rifle early the day before, as a man who had been staying at his home escaped a confrontation and ran away to nearby woods.

Boothe was charged with committing a first-degree assault on Robert Joseph Baker, who called 911 dispatchers from the woods outside the Windmill Point Road residence shortly after midnight on Friday morning, court papers state, and reported that the suspect was “hunting him with [a] flashlight and a rifle.”

Baker came out of the woods when law officers arrived, and he told them that he had been living at the residence for about a month, but had decided to move out when the suspect repeatedly demanded more money, according to a statement of probable cause filed by Trooper R.L. Jackson of the Maryland State Police. Baker was starting to remove his belongings from the home, and court papers allege that Boothe tried to take them to hold as collateral and briefly blocked Baker from leaving.

Two charged with assault in Tall Timbers

A St. Mary’s court commissioner has issued charges of first-degree assault against William Goddard, 38, of Tall Timbers and George Thompson of Staunton, Va., from an alleged confrontation earlier this month at Goddard’s home.

John R. McCollum Jr. of Charlotte Hall filed a charges application alleging that Goddard, after calling McCollum to the Tall Timbers Road residence on Jan. 8 and inviting him in, pulled a shotgun on the visitor and ordered him to get on his knees, before tying his hands. McCollum also filed a charges application alleging that Thompson brandished a pistol, threatened to kill McCollum and kicked him.

McCollum, 43, was jailed last November on assault charges filed by St. Mary’s detectives investigating a stabbing that occurred the preceding month outside a restaurant in Charlotte Hall. McCollum was released on bond in the case, and he alleged last week in his court filings that the incident in Tall Timbers was intended to get his bond revoked.

Goddard was arrested last Wednesday and released on personal recognizance to await a preliminary hearing in February. The assault charges against Thompson were issued through a summons.

Robbery suspect indicted

A judge set a bond requirement Monday of $10,000 for the pretrial release of Robert Damon Proctor, 23, of Lexington Park on an indictment charging him with robbery and attempted armed robbery from an incident last spring in Lexington Park.

A prosecutor said in court Monday that Yihua Zheng, a food deliveryman, was robbed on May 10 during the confrontation involving a handgun, and that Proctor later used Zheng’s credit cards, in a transaction recorded on videotape.

A public defender said during the court proceeding that the charges were a “complete surprise” to Proctor.

Chaptico man jailed after shots fired

James Michael Goldring, 53, of Chaptico remained in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond after a court hearing Monday on a charge of reckless endangerment in court papers alleging he fired a shotgun on Saturday afternoon toward his sister’s home on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Linda Goldring told police that her brother was intoxicated, and that she had told him that “he could not shoot the gun in a neighborhood, .... [but] he continued to shoot toward her house while she occupied the residence, putting her in fear for her safety,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s Cpl. Dale Reppel.

Police found the suspect riding on a bicycle, court papers state, and he denied having or shooting a gun. He also was charged with unlawfully possessing the shotgun after being convicted of a crime of violence, listed in the charging papers as a robbery in Charles County.

Burglary in New Market alleged

A judge ordered Monday that Zachary Joseph Grant, 22, of Mechanicsville remain in jail in lieu of $7,500 bond on charging papers alleging he broke into the New Market Service Center last week, breaking a glass door, and stole four bottles of alcohol and three packs of cigarettes.

State police Trooper D.G. Buckalew saw someone running out of the store at about 4:20 a.m. Friday as an alarm sounded, and court papers state that after Grant was taken into custody and placed in a police cruiser, he admitted he committed the crime because he felt the need to get an “adrenaline rush.”

A public defender said in court Monday that Grant will enter an alcohol treatment program if he gains pretrial release.

Oxycodone charges filed

Kevin J. Hancock, 28, of Leonardtown has been charged through an indictment with the possession of oxycodone last Oct. 12 with the intent to distribute the drug in Leonardtown.

St. Mary’s grand jurors also charged Hancock with possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Reward offered for tips in cases

Citizens with information about unsolved crimes in St. Mary’s can collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.

The Crime Solvers program assists law enforcement in solving open investigations that may not have been closed without the extra incentive of anonymity and an offer of a reward, providing the information leads to an arrest or indictment.

The Crime Solvers board of directors meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the county’s Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall. To be considered for membership on the board, attend a meeting or call the Crime Solvers chairperson at 301-884-5417 for details.

Contributions to the Crime Solvers reward fund can be mailed to St. Mary’s Crime Solvers Inc. at P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Sheriff welcomes text-message tips

Cell phones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go online to www.smscrimetips.com.

Police tips line open

Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 301-475-2936, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information 24 hours a day to authorities. Citizens may use the same telephone number to report concerns to police that do not involve criminal activity.

JOHN WHARTON