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05/21/2015

Narcotics and Special Investigations Section:

 

Over the past two weeks, the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Vice Unit with assistance from the Heroin Task Force conducted an investigation focused on a suspect after information was received that the individual was involved in human trafficking activity.

 

During the investigation, detectives identified two adult females being trafficked by the suspect. The suspect advertised the females on internet websites and provided security for the females while they were engaging in prostitution in Anne Arundel County. The suspect used proceeds of the prostitution to further his criminal enterprise. Heroin Task Force detectives were also able to purchase Oxycodone pills from the suspect as the investigation progressed. Vice detectives worked closely with local non-profit groups to assist trafficking victims with counseling, education and other forms of support. The suspect was arrested and charged with multiple offenses related to human trafficking and prostitution as well as distribution and possession of Oxycodone.   

 

Suspect: Jessie Gene Vaughn, 34, of 6419 Lamplighter Ridge, Glen Burnie, Md

 

NORTHERN DISTRICT

 

CDS ARRESTS                                                                                            BROOKLYN PARK

 

On May 20, 2015, at approximately 10:31 a.m., Detectives from Northern District’s Tactical Patrol Unit (TPU) conducted a traffic stop at Patrick Henry Drive and Wood Street on a 1991 Ford Truck for an equipment violation. When detectives approached the vehicle, a strong odor of DRUGS was detected coming from inside the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle was conducted resulting in the discovery of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, handgun, drug paraphernalia, and US Currency. As a result of this traffic stop, detectives seized the following:

 

·   26.16 grams of crack cocaine (approximate street value of $2,354)

·   173.61 grams of  heroin (approximate street value of $20,833)

·   11.32 grams of marijuana (approximate street value of $226)

·   $371 in U.S. Currency

·   Glock 27, 40. Caliber handgun, loaded with 6 rounds of ammunition

 

Suspect #1: Mikel Akeem Tucker, 26, of 1915 East 32nd Street, Baltimore, Md                       Suspect #2: Unandus Dyson, Jr., 29, of 5721 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Md

Charges:   

-          Possession of CDS - crack cocaine

-          Possession of CDS - crack cocaine with intent to distribute

-          Possession of CDS- heroin

-          Possession of CDS - heroin with intent to distribute

-          Possession of CDS - heroin large amount

-          Possession of marijuana

-          Possession of CDS paraphernalia (3X)

-          Possession of firearm during drug trafficking crime

-          Handgun in vehicle

-          CDS distribute with firearm

-          Firearm possession with felony conviction (Dyson only)

-          Illegally possess ammunition (Dyson only)

 
05/21/2015

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION                                                                                           LAUREL

 

            On May 19, 2015, at approximately 4:58 a.m., Western District officers responded to the area of Brock Bridge Road and Dorsey Run (a body of water that feeds into the Patuxent River) in reference to assisting a motorist that had driven into the water. There had been a significant amount of rainfall due to heavy rain and thunder storms that occurred throughout the evening and early morning that caused the water level of the Dorsey Run to rise to flood levels. The water from the Dorsey Run flooded Brock Bridge Road to the point of making it impassable and dangerous.

 

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a witness who reported seeing a small, white pickup truck attempt to drive through the flooded section of Brock Bridge Road. He reported seeing the truck suddenly float up and spin around in the current with the headlights now facing him before being swept off of the left shoulder of the roadway and disappearing beneath the water.

 

Per an earlier release from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Firefighters and paramedics, including Special Operations divers and swift water swimmers from Anne Arundel and Howard County responded to the scene. Search operations were conducted for several hours from the point the vehicle was last seen and down river. The point last seen was approximately 1,200 feet west of the bridge over the little Patuxent River. The search failed to locate the vehicle. Units continued to search as the waters receded.

 

On May 19, 2015, at approximately 10:32 p.m., patrol units responded to a business on Brock Bridge Road in Laurel, Maryland, in an effort to locate an individual reported missing by relatives to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.  The missing person, Rene Dimanche Jr.,47, of Waldorf, Maryland, was last seen by family members at his residence early that morning at 3:00 a.m. The Sheriff's Office had advised that Mr. Dimanche Jr. operates a white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with Missouri plates. While attempting to locate Mr. Dimanche Jr., an Anne Arundel County Police Officer discovered a small, white pickup truck in the middle of the water of Dorsey Run, visible from the Brock Bridge Road Bridge which crosses the Dorsey Run. Further investigation confirmed that the vehicle did in fact come back as a 1999 Toyota Tacoma registered to Mr. Dimanche Jr.

 

The vehicle was left in the water for a reference point and the Fire Department resumed its search with assistance of the Anne Arundel County Police Department throughout the morning hours of Wednesday, May 20, 2015. At approximately, 12:58 p.m. Fire Personnel discovered the body of an adult male victim downstream several hundred yards from Brockbridge Road. The body was confirmed to be that of Mr. Dimanche. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to be performed to determine the final cause and manner of death. Preliminary investigation indicates this appears to be an accidental drowning.

 
05/18/2015

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

ARMED ROBBERY ARREST                                                                                  CROFTON

 

            On Sunday, March 20, 2015, at approximately 9:18 p.m., officers from Western District responded to the area of Revere Court and Nantucket Drive in Crofton for report of an armed robbery of a citizen that just occurred.  Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 32-year-old male victim, who advised he had just arrived home and was walking to his house from his car when two suspects approached him from behind and demanded money and property.  

 

            While one of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim, the second suspect began taking personal property from the victim’s pockets including the victim’s wallet.   After retrieving the property, both suspects fled the area on foot towards Nantucket Road.   Responding officers, including K-9, conducted a canvass of the area but were unable to locate the suspects.  The victim was unharmed.  

 

            The Western District Detective Unit assumed the investigation at this time.  Shortly after the robbery, the investigation revealed that the victim’s credit cards were used at local businesses.  Detectives obtained surveillance video from the store and were able to obtain video images of one of the suspects and the suspect vehicle.  An attempt to identify flyer was disseminated via the department’s Facebook page and to other members of the police department. 

           

            On March 29, 2015, an officer was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle that matched the suspect description and initiated an investigative traffic stop on the vehicle. The officer took photographs of the vehicle and forwarded the information to detectives.  

 

 

Through various investigative means, detectives were then able to develop several suspects and through multiple interviews, were able to identify and arrest a suspect for the armed robbery. The suspect was interviewed and admitted to his involvement in the robbery.  Additionally, the suspect’s DNA was matched with evidence recovered at the crime scene.  

 

 On May 1, 2015, the suspect was charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Theft less than $100, Assault Second Degree, Reckless Endangerment, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. The identity of the second suspect is still unknown at this time.  The investigation is active and continues.   

 

Suspect: Christopher Parr, 29, of 7534 Old Stage Road, Glen Burnie, Md

 

 

ARMED ROBBERY                                                                                                       SEVERN

 

             On May 16, 2015, at approximately 7:43 p.m., officers from the Western District responded to the 8200 block of Kilmory Court in Severn for a report of an armed robbery of a citizen.

 

On scene officers learned that the victim, an 84-year-old male delivery driver from Pizza Hut, was attempting to make a delivery outside of a residence when three male suspects surrounded him. Two of the suspects pointed handguns at him and demanded the pizzas and any cash. The suspects fled on foot north from the location with money and the order. Multiple officers along with K-9 and Aviation searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. District detectives were notified and responded to assist with investigation. The victim was not injured in this event.

 

Suspects: Three black males in their late teens, wearing all black with hoodies

 

NORTHERN DISTRICT

 

THEFT ARREST                                                                                                 GLEN BURNIE

 

            On May 16, 2015, at 6:28 a.m., Northern District officers responded to the area of Route 10 near the Ordnance Road exit for a report of a suspicious man tampering with the wiring from the electric lights lining the highway. 

 

Responding officers located a man wearing a reflective vest and hardhat. He was in possession of approximately 465 feet of wiring that had been removed from the lights. Investigation revealed that he did not have permission to be on the property or to remove the wiring. He was arrested and charged with theft and destruction to property. The wiring was recovered and returned to the State Highway Administration. State Highway crews estimated that it will cost at least $2,200 to replace the wires.

 

Suspect: Bruce Edward Crandell Jr., 21, of 115 Ilene Road, Glen Burnie, Md

 
05/18/2015

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and Wednesday, May 20, 2015 the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Practice and Air Show will be held in Annapolis. 

 

The event will affect traffic along the following routes: Taylor Avenue, Rowe Boulevard, Route 450 northbound and southbound in the area of the Naval Academy Bridge, Route 648, Greenbury Point Road and St. Margarets Road.  Communities in the aforementioned areas should be aware that some streets will be closed during the event, including the closing of the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge.  Please use caution as increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic is anticipated for the event.  Motorists traveling the above route should expect minor delays between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00 pm

 
05/15/2015

Traffic Advisory:
 

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and Wednesday, May 20, 2015 the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Practice and Air Show will be held in Annapolis. 

 

The event will affect traffic along the following routes: Taylor Avenue, Rowe Boulevard, Route 450 northbound and southbound in the area of the Naval Academy Bridge, Route 648, Greenbury Point Road and St. Margarets Road.  Communities in the aforementioned areas should be aware that some streets will be closed during the event, including the closing of the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge.  Please use caution as increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic is anticipated for the event.  Motorists traveling the above route should expect minor delays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

 
05/14/2015
Western District
 
Tactical Patrol Unit/Tactical Narcotics Team
 
 
 
On May13, 2015, at approximately 7:40 p.m., detectives from the Western District TPU/TNT conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Sunrise Beach Road in Crownsville.  A search of the vehicle yielded the recovery of 34 heroin capsules and .70 grams of crack cocaine. Three suspects were arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses.  
 
 
 
Suspect #1: Jason Lawrence Simon, 34, of 1255 Sheridan Road, Crownsville Md
 
Charged with intent to distribute-Heroin, intent to distribute-Crack, Possession-Crack, Possession-Heroin, Possession Paraphernalia, Possession of Needles
 
 
 
Suspect #2: David Andrew Potee, 58, of 1610 Elkwood Court, Annapolis Md
 
Charged with intent to distribute-Heroin, intent to distribute-Crack, Possession-Crack, Possession-Heroin, Possession Paraphernalia, Possession of Needles
 
 
 
Suspect #3: Ulysses Tobias Hall, 46, of 308 Constant Avenue, Severn Md
 
Charged with intent to distribute-Heroin, intent to distribute-Crack, Possession-Crack, Possession-Heroin, Possession Paraphernalia, Possession of Needles
 
05/13/2015

Those who love animals or motorcycles will enjoy “Cruisin’ 4 Critters,” a combined free motorcycle show and pet adoption event being held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Anne Arundel County Animal Control located at 411 Maxwell Frye Road in Millersville.

   

Riders are encouraged to enter their motorcycle in the show and compete for a dozen trophies. Free motorcycle registration will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. the day of the show at the shelter, which is surrounded by large parking lots. In addition to motorcycles and the adoptable animals that will be available at the shelter, the May 16 event will offer a deejay, food and motorcycle-related vendors. The Anne Arundel Medical Center’s bloodmobile will be on site as will a large display van from the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program.  Tickets will be sold for a classic Harley being raffled off to raise funds for brain tumor research, and other raffles will benefit the homeless pets at the shelter.

  

The motorcycle show follows a highly successful classic car show held at the animal shelter last year that resulted in a single day record number of pets being adopted. That show, “Wheels for Wags,” will take place again this year in August 8. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, www.facebook.com/FAACAC, a nonprofit created by the shelter’s volunteers to help its homeless animals, and Maryland Chapter 5 of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, www.hogsheroesfoundation.com/Chapters/MD5/MD5.html, which supports police officers, firefighters, emergency medical workers, wounded service members and the families of military members killed in combat operations.

 

Contacts: Sherry Durm, rescue and foster coordinator, Anne Arundel County Animal Control, 410-222-8000 ext. 3022 p99807@aacounty.org

  

Chris Weinstein, Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control board member, 301-728-9854 aacacfriends@gmail.com

 
05/13/2015

 

NORTHERN DISTRICT

 

BURGLARY ARREST                                                                                            BROOKLYN

 

On May 12, 2015, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Northern officers responded to the 5400 block of Magie Street for a residential burglary that just occurred. After making contact with the homeowner, officers determined two handguns were stolen. Converging units were in the process of establishing a perimeter when the two suspects were observed in the area. When officers attempted to make contact with the suspects they fled on foot. Officers gave chase on foot as both suspects fled into a small, wooded section and eventually split up. Officers located one suspect, later identified as Frederick Brokos. He was taken into custody without incident. The second suspect was able to elude officers and still remains at large. DDU detectives interviewed Brokos and he admitted to committing the burglary and stealing the two handguns.  The guns were located in the wooded area adjacent to where he was apprehended.  The investigation into the identity of the second suspect is ongoing.

 

Suspect:  Frederick William Brokos III, 26, of 516 Alden Street, Brooklyn Park, Md

 
05/13/2015

HOMICIDE                                                                                                   LAUREL

 

            On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at approximately 8:26 p.m., the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the 3400 block of Sudlersville South in Laurel for a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male lying on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  The shooting victim was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

 

            The victim was identified as Anthony Donnell Minick, 22, of the unit block of Morris Drive in Laurel, Maryland.  Several family members and associates responded to the hospital upon hearing of this incident and were notified of his death.  On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner located in Baltimore Maryland will perform an autopsy on Mr. Minick to determine the exact cause and manner of death. 

 

The Anne Arundel County Evidence Collection Unit assisted Homicide Detectives with locating and collecting any items of possible evidentiary value from the crime scene.  Homicide detectives have also located several witnesses and are in the process of conducting interviews to identify the suspect(s) involved in the murder of Mr. Minick.  Preliminary information indicates this was not a random act of violence, but a targeted incident.

 

This is a very fluid and active investigation and the Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling Homicide Detective Jason McNemar 410-222-4756.  If people with information wish to remain anonymous, they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.

 
05/13/2015
CID MAJOR CRIMES SECTION
 
HOMICIDE LAUREL
 
 
On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at approximately 8:26 p.m., the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the 3400 block of Sudlersville South in Laurel for a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male lying on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  The shooting victim was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
 
 
The victim was identified as Anthony Donnell Minick, 22, of the unit block of Morris Drive in Laurel, Maryland.  Several family members and associates responded to the hospital upon hearing of this incident and were notified of his death.  On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner located in Baltimore Maryland will perform an autopsy on Mr. Minick to determine the exact cause and manner of death.  
 
 
The Anne Arundel County Evidence Collection Unit assisted Homicide Detectives with locating and collecting any items of possible evidentiary value from the crime scene.  Homicide detectives have also located several witnesses and are in the process of conducting interviews to identify the suspect(s) involved in the murder of Mr. Minick.  Preliminary information indicates this was not a random act of violence, but a targeted incident.
 
 
This is a very fluid and active investigation and the Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling Homicide Detective Jason McNemar 410-222-4756.  If people with information wish to remain anonymous, they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
 
 
UPDATE: 
 
 
Detectives from the homicide unit assumed the lead into the investigation of the murder of Mr. Minick.  A Be On the Look Out (BOLO) was broadcasted to all surrounding jurisdictions for a suspect vehicle, a Nissan, in which the suspects used to flee the scene.  Within an hour after the murder of Mr. Minick, a Prince Georges County Police Department detective observed the suspect vehicle.  A traffic stop was then initiated and the occupants of that vehicle, Zelina Smith and a juvenile, were transported to the Anne Arundel County Police Criminal Investigation Division.
 
 
Through physical evidence and eyewitness accounts, the investigation revealed Zelina Sharrieff Smith drove her brother, Daniel Xavier Stephens, her son Tyrik Zachary Smith and a juvenile to the 3400 block of Sudlersville South in order for her son, Tyrik, to see his child.  Upon arrival, an altercation occurred in which Tyrik Smith and Mr. Minick got into a physical altercation.  It is at this time witnesses described observing Daniel Stephens pull out a handgun and shoot Mr. Minick.  Zelina Smith, Tyrik Smith, Daniel Stephens and the juvenile then entered the vehicle that was being driven by Zelina Smith. They all left the area. 
 
 
Homicide Detectives then obtained arrest warrants for Daniel Stephens and Tyrik Smith.  On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at approximately 8:00 a.m., members of the Special Enforcement Team (SET) observed Daniel Stephens operating a vehicle in the area of Route 197 and 198.  A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle where Daniel Stephens was taken into custody without incident.  
 
 
Detectives searched for Tyrik Smith throughout the day and located him in the 1500 block of Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.  Tyrik Smith was taken into custody without incident.  At this time photos of the suspects are being withheld as to the ongoing nature of this investigation.  
 
 
Zelina Smith was then identified and charged as follows:
Zelina Sharrieff Smith, 45, 13000 block of Avebury Drive, Laurel, Maryland 20708
 
 
CHARGES:   Accessory After the Fact: First Degree Murder
      Accessory After the Fact: Second Degree Murder
      Wear, Carry, Transport a Handgun in Vehicle
 
  
The following charges were obtained for Daniel Stephens and Tyrik Smith.
Daniel Xavier Stephens, 23, 19000 Montgomery Village Avenue, Montgomery Village, Maryland
 
 
CHARGES:  First Degree Murder
Second Degree Murder
First Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Handgun on Person
Handgun in Vehicle
Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder
Conspiracy to Commit Second Degree Murder
Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Assault
Conspiracy to Commit Second Degree Assault
Firearm Use/Felony-Violent Crime
Reckless Endangerment
 
 
Tyrik Zachary Smith, 25, 19000 Montgomery Village Avenue, Montgomery Village, Maryland
 
 
CHARGES: First Degree Murder
Second Degree Murder
First Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Reckless Endangerment
Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Assault
Conspiracy to Commit Second Degree Assault
 
 
Even though the suspects involved in Mr. Minick’s murder have been arrested this is still a very fluid and active investigation and the Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling Homicide Detective Jason McNemar 410-222-4756.  If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.

 

 

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