UPDATE – March 29 – Washington DC Man Arrested For Murder Of 18-Year-Old At Big Dogs In Paradise

UPDATE – The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continues to actively investigate the murder of an 18-year-old victim killed in Mechanicsville early Friday morning.

The victim’s legal name is Isaiah Alexander Woodland, age 18 of Lexington Park. She was a
transgender woman whose first name was Tasiyah, but also went by Siyah.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has been in regular contact with members of the victim’s family to offer support and investigation updates. The Sheriff’s Office has also been in contact with members of PFLAG Southern Maryland and the LGBTQ+ community to address concerns of personal and public safety.

At this time, it does not appear that Woodland was targeted because of her gender identity.
Anyone with cellphone video or images who was present at the scene is urged to visit the
Sheriff’s Office’s Citizen Upload Video Upload Portal at https://www.firstsheriff.com/uploadevidence/ Videos can be provided anonymously through the portal.

The family of the victim created a GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tasiya-woodland

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the parking lot of the Big Dogs in Paradise bar in Mechanicsville at 1:15 am on Friday morning for the report of shots fired. Deputies located one male victim near the scene deceased from gunshot wounds, who was identified as Isiaih Alexander Woodland, age 18 of Lexington Park.  

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation.  

The shooting appears to be an isolated event and there is no threat to the general public at this time.  

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact Detective David Lawrence at 301-475-4200, ext. 78130 or email david.lawrence@stmaryscountymd.gov.  

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. 

Download and Share the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office mobile app: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a48820650 

SMCSO advisory at 1:50 a.m., Three Notch Road Southbound in the area of Big Dogs Paradise in Mechanicsville is currently closed due to an active investigation. Expect delays and use alternative routes. 

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. 

Contact our news desk at news@thebaynet.com 

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  1. No shock coming from this bar, very sad and unfortunate for the victim. This bar needs to do better Brian is one of the worst business owners in Somd… repeat problems from this place, Brian draws to certain crowds and entertains this mess. Time to close those doors and stop dragging Somd down with your little man ego

  2. Jesus, Mary and Joseph !
    Can’t go anywhere, anymore !
    People have lost their minds , morals and respect for life .
    God is watching ,, and Hell is forever .

  3. The blatant violence against the LGBT community has got to end. SHE was a member of our community. Misgendering her and using her deadname from the jump only perpetuates the violence against an already marginalized community. It’s sad because I genuinely thought we, SOMD, were actually starting to progress on this.

    1. “Deputies located one male victim near the scene deceased from gunshot wounds, who was identified as Isiaih Alexander Woodland, age 18 of Lexington Park. ”
      Gee, you think maybe the deceased had an ID that stated his “dead name” and sex annotated when it was requested by the deceased?

      1. Police are fully aware of the victims trans identity. They chose to withhold it. Coward behavior on the part of the police as per usual

      2. Police know she’s a trans woman. A simple identification as such, rather than “male” or even saying “known publicly as Tasiyah” can go a long way in preserving her dignity. Whether you agree with trans issues or not, simple respect for another human being should not be a debatable issue

    2. Stop with the retrorockets unless you know it was a hate crime and you should talk to the deputies. If he was trying to scam someone like he tried in Nov, he was bound to find trouble. Criminals need to wake up and realize that MD is a shall carry state and some may choose to do so.

    3. Unfortunately, many people in this community wish violence and death on their peers. Dealing with the (often intoxicated) public and being heterosexual, cisgender, and white, people think they’re in good company when they share their hateful views with me. They’re saying the quiet parts out loud if they think you’re on their side. Things are getting worse, not better.

      1. lot of violent crime down here comes from people not from here, rather from up north. good try though.

  4. Ole Brian can’t keep that cash cow out of the news, poor excuse of a man and business destroying our community! Clean that corner up

  5. Why was an 18yr old at a bar? Isiaih Alexander Woodland new article “Lexington Park resident charged with vehicle theft, extortion related to sex” in Nov 2022.

    1. You worrying about the wrong thing , Dont question while she was at the bar question why she got shot as she was leaving the bar. She didnt do nothing wrong that night.

      1. Do we really wonder about the wrong thing? Why was he/she behind a bar at closing time? Sounds like a legit question when trying to solve a crime.

    2. I thought the same thing, but it seems like they’ve amended the headline to in the area of BDP, maybe not at BDP. I’m wondering if the incident took place behind that building- its possible that the bar wasn’t connected anymore than the seafood place next door. Just a thought.

    3. Because you can go to a bar at 18 yrs old, you just can’t drink. But I understand your question, because I also thought the same thing

  6. It’s no surprise the heartless usual baynet addicts comment on “how they feel” as they sit behind the computer posting hateful comments. One day karma will come and it will be the same hateful cowards commenting on your tragedies. Good luck.

  7. Must be the reason he lurks around other bars trying to figure out how to keep the trash out! Need flash you’ll never be like an other bar, your name has ruined you. Furthermore stay away from family places like the moose your not wanted, we see you lurking

  8. Three things to speak to:

    1. The deceased was dressed as a female and presented a valid Maryland iD for a 22 y.o. Female to the doorman. It would have been difficult, nigh impossible, to weed this person out, without allegations of transphobia or gender bias.

    2. This event occurred in Thompson’s Seafood parking lot inside a vehicle. Apparently the suspect was then, and had been, secretly soliciting sexual activity from the deceased, when confronted with evidence of his activity, and calls and text, to be exposed to the suspect’s baby momma.

    He killed a man.

    This event could have happened anywhere. Sadly it happened here.

    3. This event doesn’t reflect on the ownership of the establishment. The ownership has provided a platform for openness and inclusion for a marginalized community. People of all colors, creeds, and orientations are welcomed to hear. The comments here that disparage the ownership are biased and without merit.

    1. Now the article from Nov 22 “Lexington Park resident charged with vehicle theft, extortion related to sex” Has been removed. Curious as to why.

  9. You’re still a parent if your child is 18 or 65
    But maybe you baby daddy’s and baby mommas don’t see it that way
    That’s one of multiple reasons the world is so f’d up

  10. This person/victim was already facing felony charges from Nov 2022 and had several failures to appear. The police will find and prosecute the suspect with ease. Nothing good happens in a bar parking lot at 1am in the morning. Sad that the business which was unlawfully entered has to be dragged into the situation.

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