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Bottle of vodka breaks open robbery investigation

Police officials warn that when you drink underage, you’re bound to get busted.

They usually don’t mean busted for assault and robbery.

That was the case, however, for a Charles County teenager on Tuesday. According to the police account, a stolen bottle of vodka helped investigators link the 17-year-old to a mugging from the week before.

Here’s what police say happened.

On January 14 just before 5 p.m., officers were called to the 3900 block of St. Marks Drive in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Two suspects had apparently knocked a man to the ground, then assaulted him as they tried to steal his wallet. When the victim resisted, police said, the suspects fled.

The officers who processed the scene found a bottle of vodka that one of the suspects had discarded, and they guessed it came from a liquor store nearby.

It was a good guess: Though store employees did not remember anyone purchasing that particular bottle, surveillance footage showed two young men stealing it. Their descriptions matched those of the suspects in the robbery, and police eventually identified one of them and searched his house.

There they recovered more evidence of the robbery, and arrested and charged the 17-year-old.

Police said they are working to identify the other suspect.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  January 21, 2010; 7:31 AM ET
Categories:  Charles , Matt Zapotosky  
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Comments

That firewater will get you every time!

Posted by: SkinsDiesel | January 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Charles county is quickly becoming a ghetto. I wonder why? Anyone willing to guess the descriptions and demographic group of those thugs?

Posted by: jabreal00 | January 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

jabreal00:

You shouldn't act like a bigot and imply stereotypes. We all know all races and ethnicities commit violent crime.

I'm glad these idiots got caught, and hope they get what they deserve.

Posted by: brandip_77 | January 21, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Charles county is quickly becoming a ghetto. I wonder why? Anyone willing to guess the descriptions and demographic group of those thugs?

Posted by: jabreal00
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No, but maybe you, as the resident racist, would be able to give us the description and demographics. Thanks.

Posted by: MUPPET | January 21, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey jabrea100 Sidwell Friends school just had a teacher who committed sexual abuse. Maybe you could tell us his demographics.....

Posted by: MUPPET | January 21, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Charles county is quickly becoming a ghetto. I wonder why? Anyone willing to guess the descriptions and demographic group of those thugs?

Posted by: jabreal00 | January 21, 2010 12:09 PM |
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Considering that stolen alcohol was involved, I would guess the suspects are white males. They are usually the perps in that sort of crime.

I've learned from experience that no one is more dangerous than young white male underachievers who are high or liquored up. They'll do anything on a whim.

Anything else, racist?

Posted by: ceefer66 | January 21, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I think if we shoot the one kid we caught in the knee cap and threaten to shoot the other knee cap he'll tell us exactly who it is and even where he lives.

Posted by: clancrs | January 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to the Charles Co police and great detective work! I wish more jurisdictions would apply more attention to detail as the officers on this case did.

Posted by: usmcwireguru | January 21, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Waldorf in my opinion is an atypical military suburb and is far becoming a "ghetto"- as if the culprit poster knows what a real ghetto looks like.
However the case, the county wanted growth, and to be on par with adjacent counties in the DMV, it joined the urban community club of the USA!
Google the worlds toughest towns as it apples to crime, and many of the locales will surprise you.
Crime is based on the element of opportunity, and not demographics.
The community of Charles County is perhaps more diverse than neighboring Prince Georges County and petty crime such as burglary, muggings and vandalism along with street car races just to name a few, may be growing among a target age bracket, and in any case, these kids- OUR kids are growing up is THIS area not in the DC or Baltimore beltway.

Posted by: usmcwireguru | January 21, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Just to share with my rural tier neighbors: While traveling home from work last night, a young woman was walking a major route in the proximity of Waldorf and she appeared as if she was in need of a ride; however she was asking passersby’s if they could spare her some money so she could pay her part of the rent where she and her baby was staying. She then proceeded to ask if there was "something she could do to earn it."
The time she approached my vehicle was 11:45pm which upon that time her advance was rejected and informed that many people in my community are active police officers.
Unless she is approached my an on duty police officer, I am sure she will be on the "rural stroll" tonight, weather permitting. She resides in a small trailer park like community in the area...
Can you guess her demographic?
Now does anyone else want to play the dozens? I could provide photos of local buffoonery & other behavior of "OUR" local youth and place some real color on what goes on in the area after dark.

Posted by: usmcwireguru | January 21, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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