St. Mary’s man ac­cused of beat­ing and rob­bing wife

Sus­pect told po­lice he was at­tacked

The Enterprise - - News - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

A St. Mary’s man re­mained in pre­trial cus­tody fol­low­ing a court hear­ing Mon­day on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he as­saulted his wife and robbed her of a sil­ver watch at their apart­ment in Call­away.

Larry Wayne Ad­kins Jr., list­ing a Leonard­town area ad­dress in court pa­pers, was charged Fri­day with a sec­ond-de­gree as­sault that morn­ing on Wendy Lynn Ad­kins, rob­bery and a theft of­fense, through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputies that was de­tailed by a pros­e­cu­tor at this week’s court pro­ceed­ing.

St. Mary’s As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Michael Kane noted the law of­fi­cers’ ac­count in their re­port and in charg­ing pa­pers that Larry Ad­kins “be­gan strik­ing her with a closed fist while she was curled up on the ground.”

The woman told po­lice that the 34-year-old sus­pect “forcibly re­moved a wed­ding band and di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring from her left ring fin­ger, … grabbed a ster­ling sil­ver Michael Kors watch, and ripped it from her right wrist, caus­ing in­jury to her wrist,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by sher­iff’s Cpl. Alvin Beish­line.

The woman sent a text mes­sage to a friend, ask­ing for help, the court pa­pers state, and she was able to leave the res­i­dence be­fore con­tact­ing po­lice, who ob­served in­juries her face, wrist and fin­gers.

Dur­ing po­lice ques­tion­ing, the court pa­pers state, the sus­pect “ad­mit­ted there was a fight be­tween vic­tim Wendy Ad­kins and him­self, but ad­vised she at­tacked him.” The law of­fi­cer wrote in the charg­ing pa­pers that he “did not ob­serve any in­juries to sus­pect Larry Ad­kins Jr. con­sis­tent with an as­sault.”

Dur­ing Mon­day’s court hear­ing, Rais Ak­bar, a pub­lic de­fender, said that Larry Ad­kins “has a his­tory of sub­stance abuse, [but] he’s do­ing much bet­ter,” and the sus­pect’s fa­ther, Larry Wayne Ad­kins Sr., con­curred.

“He’s been turn­ing his life around,” the fa­ther said. “He comes to work each day,” at the fam­ily’s con­struc­tion busi­ness.

Ak­bar said that the sus­pect’s wife now is stay­ing with her mother, but St. Mary’s Dis­trict Judge Christy Holt Chesser said those sep­a­rate liv­ing ar­range­ments would have to be con­firmed be­fore con­sid­er­ing the sus­pect’s re­lease on pre­trial su­per­vi­sion.

“For to­day, I’m go­ing to hold [him] with­out bond,” Chesser said, sched­ul­ing an­other hear­ing for Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Knife­point con­fronta­tion al­leged in Me­chan­icsville

A Prince Ge­orge’s County man was jailed Satur­day in St. Mary’s with­out bond on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he threat­ened his es­tranged wife with a knife at her Me­chan­icsville home, beat the woman and tried to get to a vis­i­tor sit­ting in her SUV.

Al­varez Si­mon John­son Sr., 46, of Oxon Hill was charged with a first-de­gree as­sault on Ken­jewel Faye McCul­lough and Tavares An­to­nio Thomp­son, who fled the Graves Road res­i­dence in her Acura MDX and were be­ing fol­lowed by the sus­pect when they called 911, ac­cord­ing to the court pa­pers.

McCul­lough’s right ear was cut and bleed­ing when a sher­iff’s deputy lo­cated her in the Leonard­town area, the court pa­pers state, and Thomp­son told po­lice that he was sit­ting in the ve­hi­cle, with its doors locked, at the res­i­dence when John­son tried to get in­side while “hold­ing a knife and threat­en­ing to kill him.”

Pub­lic de­fender Edie F. Cimino said in court Mon­day that John­son and his wife are sep­a­rated, and the lawyer noted that there were no in­di­ca­tions in court fil­ings that po­lice found a knife dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. John­son, who court pa­pers state was lo­cated in his ve­hi­cle and ar­rested, “does deny any vi­o­lent be­hav­ior in this sit­u­a­tion,” Cimino said.

The judge or­dered that John­son re­main in pre­trial cus­tody.

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