SHERIFF'S SCAM ALERT: DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE CLAIMING TO BE THE SHERIFF

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Warrant/Fugitive Division Felony Arrest Report #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD…The Sheriff’s Office Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the following felony arrests:

First Degree Sex Offense Suspect Arrested

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Harris of Suitland, MD on a warrant for First Degree Sex Offense that was issued by the County Police on July 21th, 2015.

According to the warrant, on April 29th, in the 11000 block of Lake Arbor Way in Bowie, MD, Harris allegedly forced a female victim into unwanted sexual contact.

Upon receiving the warrant, on August 17th, deputies along with Winchester Police Department located Harris in the 500 block of North Cameron Street in Winchester, VA. As deputies arrived at the residence, they saw someone they believed to be Harris run out the back door. After a short foot chase, Harris was captured and transported to the Winchester Police Department. Harris is awaiting extradition back to Prince George’s County.

Harris is also charged with Second Degree Sex Offense, and First and Second Degree Assault.

Felony Indictment Suspect Arrested

The Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrest of Uchain Onyewudiala on an indictment for Robbery. The indictment was issued by the Circuit Court of Prince George's County on August 11, 2015.

Warrant/Fugitive Division Deputies investigating Onyewudiala’s whereabouts determined that he was staying at an address in the 600 block of Romford Drive in Hyattsville MD. On August 13, assisted by Domestic Violence Intervention Division (DVID) deputies, they went to the location where a resident opened the door and allowed them to enter the home. Onyewudiala was in the home; he was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Prince George’s County Circuit Court located in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Onyewudiala is also charged with Second Degree Assault, Theft of Property or Services with a value less than $1,000, and Con-Robbery.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DV Suspect Arrested/Charged w/Attempted Second Degree Murder #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Intervention Division (DVID) arrested and charged a 53 year-old male suspect in Fairmont Heights, MD, with Attempted Second Degree Murder on August 6, 2015.

On August 6th the County Police responded to a 9-1-1 call that was dispatched as a cutting incident. Shortly after the call was issued, County Dispatch clarified that the cutting incident was domestic related, and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Fairmont Heights address on Chapelwood Lane. The suspect told deputies that he had called 91l and told them that he had beaten and stabbed a female victim, before hanging up the phone.

In a search of the home, Deputies found the victim in the basement bedroom with a bleeding head wound. The victim had bruises on her back and arms. Deputies took information from the victim and recovered a knife handle, a knife blade and a wooden bat that was broken into two pieces, as part of their on-scene investigation. The victim was transported to Prince George's County Hospital Center. A written statement was later obtained from the victim at the hospital by a deputy.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Prince George's County Department of Corrections. He is also charged with First and Second Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

Warrant/Fugitive Division Felony Arrest Report #PGSO

Upper Marlboro, MD…The Sheriff’s Office Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the following felony arrests:

First Degree Child Abuse Suspect Arrested
 
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Anthony Verner of Temple Hills, MD who was wanted on an arrest warrant for Child Abuse First Degree that was obtained by Prince George’s County Police on June 19, 2015.

According to the warrant, on November 5, 2014, Verner was in the 6000 block of Gifford Lane in Temple Hills, MD where he is alleged to have abused a child causing severe physical injury that necessitated hospitalization.

On July 27th, Deputies went to the residence and Verner was placed into custody without incident and transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections (DOC) for processing.

Verner is also charged with Child Abuse Second Degree (2x) and Second Degree Assault.

First Degree Assault Suspect Arrested

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alexis Staton of Capitol Heights, MD, on an arrest warrant for First Degree Assault obtained by the County Police on August 4, 2015.

According to the warrant, on July 31, in the 7000 block of Onyx Court in Capitol Heights, MD, Staton allegedly poured hot grits on a male victim while he slept. When the victim jumped out of bed, Staton struck him in the head with a baseball bat. The warrant states that the victim walked out of the home with burns to his body and with his head bleeding.

Upon receiving the warrant, Deputies located Staton at the address of the incident. They were granted access to the residence where they identified Staton. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Prince George's County Department of Corrections (DOC) in Hyattsville, Md for processing.

Staton is also charged with Second Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Beware Phone Scams Impersonating Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer #PGSO


(WARNING: DO NOT GIVE CALLERS YOUR MONEY)

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to hear from citizens and residents that they are receiving calls from scam callers who claim to be from the Sheriff’s Office, telling them that they owe money to the IRS, they have outstanding warrants, or some other law enforcement actions, but that they can pay to resolve the matter. Neither the Office of the Sheriff, nor any other law enforcement agency, asks citizens to take such an action.

In the most recent scams reported to the Sheriff, the scammer claimed to be Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer calling to notify the citizen that they had to pay a fine to avoid further action. These calls can appear to be coming from a local number or a 1-800- number and may actually be from out of state or even out of the country.

“We will continue to notify citizens and residents each time we get these calls,” said Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer. “There are simply no circumstances in which the Sheriff or any law enforcement agency would make calls demanding payment, period. We’re telling residents that they should never give, wire or mail funds to anyone who calls saying anything like this. These are predators, and their actions are pure and simple scams,” he said.

Previous scams have included calls saying a citizen had failed to show up in court for a red light camera ticket, or they failed to appear in court or for jury duty, or the caller was calling from the IRS on Sheriff High’s behalf. None of these is true and would simply never occur.

We continue to ask for the media’s assistance in getting this message out and we appreciate everything they have done to report these scams.

Any resident who receives such a call can contact the Prince George’s County Police at 301-772-4420 and file an incident report.

“We urge citizens who get these calls to call our office immediately, even if it is for nothing more than reassurance,“ said Colonel Palmer.

For more information contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.