Murder USA: The Ghettoization of Waldorf continues with murder among the happy meals
UPDATE: The Prince Georges Police report that one of their officers has been charged with murder.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office on Monday charged a Prince George’s County Police Officer with first-degree murder and other related offenses. These charges are connected to an ongoing domestic-related homicide investigation in Charles County. Officer Richard Conway was off duty at the time of the incident.
Our Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) immediately launched an investigation and suspended Officer Conway when informed of the homicide investigation in Charles County.
“The charges against Officer Conway are deeply troubling, not just to me, but to all who wear our badge. It’s tragic that a man lost his life and another victim is hospitalized. We will provide whatever assistance is needed to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in its investigation,” said Chief Mark Magaw.
Conway has been employed by the PGPD for three years, and is currently assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. He is suspended without pay.
According to Maryland Court records, Richard Travess Conway, who lives at the same address as that of his mother, also charged in the murder of Robert Mange and the shooting of the ex-wife of Officer Conway, was charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, and multiple counts of assault. He will be appear for a preliminary hearing in District Court for Charles County on June 23, 2014 at 8:45 am.
Officer Conway was jailed at the Charles County Detention Center on May 26, 2015 after a warrant for his arrest as a result of charges by Detective John Elliott was issued on May 25, 2015.
Police did not identify the victim of the shooting alleged to have been undertaken by Caroline Conway, who police say used a weapon furnished by Officer Conway but court records reveal that Krystal Marie Pagan and Richard Conway were involved in a Circuit Court action over child custody that was filed on Oct. 7, 2013. Pagan is a resident of Smithfield, Va., which was listed as the address of Mange.
The attorney for Conway in the child custody litigation is Allen J. Kruger of Laurel and also Kevin B. Peregoy of Waldorf. The attorney for Pagan is Rudolf A. Carrico of La Plata.
Included among the various court filings was a request for Paternity testing. The motions continued in the case all through 2014. According to court records, the dispute over child custody began to ratchet up in March of 2015 when sealed evidence and an admission of facts was sought by the defendant. Richard Conway’s attorney filed a memorandum on March 10, 2015 while Pagan’s attorney filed a response on March 27th. Peregoy and Kruger filed a motion for contempt and a request for an emergency hearing on April 28th. The Court appointed a counsel to represent the interests of the children on April 29th. A hearing before a Judge was scheduled for May 8th. Court records show that at the May 8th hearing all parties appeared for an emergency hearing and reached an agreement. The deal also approved the last name of Pagan to be Mange, her new husband’s name and also the name of the man alleged to be murdered by the two Conway’s. The court issued a final order in the case on May 18th, two days before the Rock n Roll McDonalds murder at the mall. The case file shows that a final court hearing was set for June 18, 2015. Since an emergency hearing has been sought by Carrico it appears the court will take action to secure the custody of the children.
WALDORF, MD. A dispute over child custody erupted in gunfire on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the McDonalds located at the St. Charles Mall in Waldorf, leaving one person dead and another wounded.
Unsuspecting patrons of the burger joint soon saw a murder take place in front of their eyes while children played and ate happy meals. Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that his officers quickly made the arrest of Caroline Conway and charged her with first degree murder and several counts of assault. The dead male from Smithfield, Virginia was identified as Robert Michael Mange, 25 years old.
The killing at McDonalds located at the Waldorf Mall in the sprawling St. Charles area continues a cycle of crime which has nearly emptied the mall of any significant or first rate stores, leaving only the anchor stores and a long line of low-rent merchants. Big box and open air stores have been thriving in the area as consumers believe they can park and enter stores in a safer environment without roving bands of thugs parading through the mall and fighting at the food court.
Landover Mall once thrived not far from Waldorf and high crime finally shut down the mall completely.
Maryland Court records of divorces and child custody cases reveal that the Judges routinely approve volatile hand-offs of children between bickering parents at public places such as 7-Eleven stores and restaurants. Bystanders become endangered as a result. Courts could easily approve child transfers between parents at police stations. Those who might oppose such an official but safe location could make the argument that children might be traumatized by having to leave one parent to the custody of another with police nearby. In the case of the McDonalds Murder, there would be have been less bloodshed and a lot less tragedy if a police officer had been nearby.
Police say that on May 20 at approximately 5:48 p.m., officers responded to the McDonald’s located at 11025 Mall Circle in Waldorf for a shooting. Upon arrival officers found two adult victims, a 25 year-old male and a 24 year-old female, located in the parking lot. Both victims were transported to area hospitals. The male victim, Robert Michael Mange, 25, Smithfield, VA, was later pronounced dead.
The female suffered one gunshot wound but is expected to survive.
Accused Caroline Conway was identified as the person who shot them and was later located and arrested. Motive appears to be an ongoing child custody dispute. Investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call (301) 609-6496. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.
DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING STABBING: On May 19 at 1:50 a.m., officers responded to Charles Regional Medical Center for the report of a stabbing victim. A preliminary investigation showed the victim, 28, was transported to the hospital by an acquaintance; he had a stab wound to his back and was in serious condition. The victim was transferred to another hospital for treatment. It is not clear where the actual stabbing occurred. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Elliott at (301) 609- 6515.
BURGLARY: On May 18 between 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 4700 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf by entering an unlocked door. A flat screen TV and money were stolen. Officer S. Hooper is investigating.
DETECTIVES SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING ROBBERY SUSPECT/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD: On May 17 at 9:41 p.m., a male suspect entered a deli quick shop in the 3000 block of St. Charles Parkway. He approached a clerk (who was near the back of the shop) displayed a knife and demanded money. The suspect forced the clerk to the front counter where he grabbed money from the register and a pack of Newport cigarettes. The clerk sustained several cuts to the wrist during the robbery. Photos of the suspect were caught on a surveillance camera. He is about 6’3” to 6’5” in height and has an athletic build. It appeared he had scars or skin discoloration on his right arm. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gregory at 301-609-6507. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
FUGITIVE LOCATED: On May 18 at 4 p.m. officers were conducting seatbelt enforcement on Crain Highway near Pierce Road when they observed a man not wearing a seatbelt. They also recognized the man as someone who had several open warrants for theft, burglary and drug charges. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled a short distance. The car stopped and the driver, Ernest Hubert Johnson, 27, of Waldorf was arrested. He was transported to the Charles County Detention Center. Cpl. T. Yates made the arrest.
OFFICER ASSAULTED: On May 16 at 11 p.m., an officer was inside a fast food restaurant in the 3300 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf when he observed a woman enter the business. She was disheveled and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The officer attempted to talk with the woman to see if she needed help, but she suddenly began cursing and went into a bathroom. She continued cursing and refused to leave. The officer attempted to check on her, but she struck him on the arm with a belt. She tried to assault the officer again but he was able to take her into custody after a brief struggle. Megan Lee Maxwell, 38, of Mechanicsville was charged with disorderly conduct and assault. PFC R. Bagley investigated.
BURGLARY: On May 16 between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., unknown suspect(s) forced open a basement window of a house in the 2200 block of Bridle Path Drive in Waldorf and stole a firearm and money. Officers canvassed the area and located a witness who reported seeing a white passenger car in the area just prior to the burglary. PFC R. Johnson is investigating.
BURGLARY: On May 17 between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 10800 block of Trinity Church Road in Charlotte Hall and stole jewelry. A witness reported seeing a red vehicle in the area prior to the burglary. It is not clear if the occupants of that car were involved in the theft. Cpl. T. Lee is investigating.
MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF HANDGUN: On May 13 at 11:30 a.m., Cpl. M. Sokoloff initiated a traffic stop on Gittings Court in Waldorf after observing a car being operated by a person with a revoked driver’s license. Further investigation showed the driver had a gun hidden in his waistband. Malcolm Xavier Bragg, 20, of Newburg, was charged with traffic violations and illegal possession of a firearm.
DETECTIVES LINK JUVENILES TO THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLES: Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division recently charged four juveniles, ranging from 14 to 17-years-old, in connection with the theft of a motorcycle and an ATV which were reported stolen from Welcome in February. Det. D. Savoy investigated.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visitwww.ccso.us.