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Two Lusby men were recently arrested and charged for their alleged involvement with the Feb. 12 home invasion of a residence in Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby.
Melvin L. Mackall Jr., 35, was arrested Feb. 28 and Deon L. Jones, 22, was arrested March 11, and both were charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, first-degree burglary, attempted possession of CDS, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to possess CDS.
Mackall is being held at the Calvert County Detention Center on $250,000 bond and Jones is being held on $40,000.
At 7:57 a.m. Feb. 12, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Roundup Road home in Lusby for a report of a home invasion robbery, according to charging documents. As deputies were responding to the call, they passed a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows being driven by a black man with dreadlocks, police said.
Upon arrival, deputies contacted the victim, who said he was sleeping in bed with his girlfriend and baby when he was attacked by a black man. He said he woke up when he was hit in the face with an unknown object and then the man demanded his prescription medication and beat the victim “severely about the body and the face,” charging documents state.
The victim’s girlfriend said she woke up when her boyfriend was being beaten. She said the man told her to get her child and leave or he would kill them, police said, and she then ran from the home to a neighbor’s house, where she called police. Both the victim and his girlfriend said they had never seen the man before. Police said they learned the man had beaten the victim with a “large metal hairspray can” and a wooden and glass jewelry box taken from the bedroom.
Deputies said the suspect had entered the home through the front door, which may have been unlocked or forced open. A large amount of blood was found on the floor and bed and blood was smeared on a basement sliding glass door, the stairs leading to the basement, the front door and the porch, charging documents state.
The victim was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where deputies said he appeared to have been “severely beaten with the majority of his wounds on the left side of his face.” According to charging documents, the victim said his family frequently had helped “a homeless man by the name of Deon Lamont Jones” and the victim knew Jones drove a white Ford Crown Victoria.
Three other witnesses who live where near the robbery and assault occurred told deputies that at about 8 a.m. Feb. 12, the Crown Victoria pulled into their driveway. Two black men got out of the car and then forced open the front door, police said.
One witness told the two men, one of whom she recognized as Jones, to leave when Jones allegedly then said they had robbed someone’s house but “the robbery had gone bad,” according to charging documents. Both of the men allegedly then went into another witness’s bedroom, “demanding” he gather his wallet and money and drive them to White Sands in Lusby because the car they were driving was known to police. The second witness said he refused to drive them to White Sands and the men then left, police said.
Two witnesses were shown a photo lineup containing a picture of Mackall and picked his picture out as the man accompanying Jones on the robbery and assault, charging documents state.
Mackall is also facing charges of armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm during a felony or violent crime and dangerous weapon with intent to injure for an incident that occurred Feb. 5. He is being held at the detention center on $250,000 bond for those charges.
According to charging documents, Mackall visited a home Feb. 5 on Adelina Road in Prince Frederick looking for Percocet and money from the victim. The victim told Mackall he did not have either of those items, and Mackall allegedly began hitting the victim, charging documents state.
During the altercation, police said Mackall removed a silver handgun from a pocket and hit the victim in the head with the gun. Mackall also pointed the gun at the victim and threatened to kill him, charging documents state.
Mackall then allegedly put the gun back in his pocket and pulled out a knife, with which he tried to stab the victim. The victim blocked the attack and knocked the knife out of Mackall’s hand, and it fell to the ground, police said. The two men fought “for a few more seconds” when Mackall then picked the knife back up, threatened the victim again and left the property after telling the victim to “have the drugs or money by six, because he would be back,” charging documents state.
Deputies interviewed a witness Feb. 21 who was at the scene of the assault. The witness told deputies Mackall was upset because he believed the victim was trying to exchange drugs for sex with Mackall’s girlfriend, police said. The witness saw Mackall hit the victim but did not see a gun or knife, according to charging documents.
Police said the victim was shown a photo lineup and allegedly picked Mackall out as the person who assaulted him.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, police believe similar incidents have occurred in the Lusby area but involve “victims who may be reluctant to come forth.” Anyone with information pertaining to similar events involving Jones or Mackall should call Det. Mudd at 410-535-1600, ext. 2469, or the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack at 410-535-1400.