Police Blotter

Arrest for Marijuana Possession

On the morning of Aug. 21, Michael James Santos-Ramos, 25, was arrested and charged with the possession of marijuana at a Sheetz Store on Burkittsville Road. Dfc. Jeffrey Hyatt of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a Brunswick Police Department officer. The Brunswick officer observed a vehicle parked at a Sheetz gas pump with what appeared to be marijuana in the passenger seat. The suspected 6.9 grams of marijuana was taken as evidence. Santos-Ramos, of Greenbelt, Md., was arrested, then taken for processing to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center’s Central Booking Unit.

Fire Investigation

A Jefferson man was arrested on

Aug. 15 after the Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force connected him to multiple fires beginning in March 2011.

Two days after his arrest, David Lee Knight Jr., 26, was charged by Cpl. Jason West with second degree arson and second degree malicious burning. Knight’s charge was made in connection with a shed fire that was reported on Aug. 8 in the 4200 block of Jefferson Pike, which resulted in $500 damage to a vacant commercial building and a storage shed.

Knight was originally developed as a suspect the evening of the fire because he matched a description provided by an area resident and was seen walking on foot. He was arrested after making two false calls to 911 to the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center. His first call reported a barn fire on Poffenberger Road and his second a robbery along Route 180. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies and units from the Frederick County Division of Fire/Rescue investigated both incidents and concluded those 911 calls were unfounded.

Knight has also been linked to three other Jefferson-area fires this year. Each fire targeted a different storage shed. The first caught fire on March 19 and was a storage shed in the 4700 block of Old Middletown Road. The second, on May 27, was a storage shed located in the 3800 block of Jefferson Pike; and the third, a storage shed in the 3800 block of Jefferson Pike, caught fire on June 3. The loss due to these fires is estimated at $9,500. The investigation on Knight is still open.

Investigation of a Death

On Aug. 17, the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation reported to the scene of what appeared to be a suicide. The Sheriff’s Office responded at approximately 9:34 a.m. to investigate an incident on Bartholows Road at Old National Pike where a man had jumped from the bridge. The man, 33, and a resident of Columbia, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence indicated that the suicide was a premeditated act. The man was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. This investigation is ongoing.

Scooter Crash

A 22-year-old from man from Walkersville crashed while driving his scooter on Biggs Ford Road just east of Retreat Road on Aug. 17. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit responded to the scene at 7:47 a.m. The man, Christopher B. Watson, was driving onto the eastbound shoulder when he was ejected. Watson was not wearing a helmet and sustained injuries. He was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma for treatment.

Investigation of Assault

On Aug. 16, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 1:30 p.m. to an assault that occurred in the 8000 block of Lighthouse Landing. The scene showed a woman getting into her vehicle when she was approached by two young men walking down the street; the men could possibly be juveniles. One of the suspects was reported to have engaged the woman in conversation, then the knife was brought out as they demanded money. The woman’s boyfriend was cut with the knife in the scuffle that occurred when he intervened. The two men took the money, fled the scene, headed towards Route 26, and could not be located by the deputies who searched the area. The boyfriend was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation (FCBI) is investigating the assault. Suspect number one, who had the knife, is about 15 to 16 years of age, about 5’6” – 5’7” tall, skinny and sporting a short buzz cut. Suspect number two, also about 15 to 16 years of age and 5’6”– 5’7” tall and skinny, has short dreadlocks. Anyone with information about this case is requested to contact Det. Nicole Swailes at 301.600.4033.

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