CALIFORNIA, Md. — On January 31, 2022, at approximately 10 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 45000 block of Worth Avenue in California for the reported motor vehicle theft. The victim advised she left her vehicle running while she went into a restaurant to purchase food. The victim returned to the parking lot and observed her 2015 Hyundai Elantra was stolen.
A short time later, deputies responded to the Walmart store located at 45485 Miramar Way in California for the reported robbery. Upon arrival a male victim advised his 1999 Honda Civic was stolen from in front of the store.
Responding deputies observed the vehicle operating in the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle refused to stop and deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, the operator discarded property out of the vehicle, which was later recovered and determined to have been stolen from Walmart. Stop sticks were deployed and the vehicle came to a stop at the Race-N-In in Mechanicsville.
The operator of the vehicle, later determined to be Josiah Emmanuel Young, age 23 of White Plains, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Young entered an occupied vehicle that was running in the parking lot and assaulted the victim inside the vehicle, in an attempt to steal the victim’s car. Deputies were able to take Young into custody before he was able to flee in the victim’s vehicle.
Further investigation determined that Young drove the initial stolen vehicle to Walmart and proceeded to the electronics section requesting to view an item. Young then jumped over the counter and began placing various items into a bag. Young then fled the store where he stole the second vehicle. After being taken into custody, Young was found to be in possession of suspected heroin.
Young was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, and charged with the following:
Assault Second Degree
Motor Vehicle Unlawful Taking
Malicious Destruction of Property
CDS: Possession-not Marijuana
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Deputy Austin Welch at (301) 475-4200 extension 78180 or by email at Austin.Welch@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.