St. Mary’s man accused of beating and robbing wife
Suspect told police he was attacked
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.