Valley Lee barricade suspect arrested for Threat of Mass Violence, Violating a Protective order

By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Staff Writer

Jamel Tiant Mitchell, age 35 of no fixed address

Update 3/2/2020 via the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office- On February 28, 2020, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 44500 block of Pasture View Way in Valley Lee, for the reported assault and protective order violation. Prior to the arrival of law enforcement, the suspect, later identified as Jamel Tiant Mitchell, age 35 of no fixed address, barricaded himself inside the victim’s residence and refused to exit the home. Deputies from the Critical Incident Negotiations Team and the Emergency Services Team responded to the scene.

A preliminary investigation determined prior to the barricade, Mitchell had assaulted the victim by grabbing the victim’s wrists and throat during an argument, causing visible injury to the victim. There is a valid protective order in place prohibiting Mitchell from contacting the victim by any means.

During the barricade, Mitchell made threats to detonate incendiary devices and shoot law enforcement officers. Mitchell ultimately surrendered to law enforcement without incident. Mitchell was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Arson/Threat
  • Threat of Mass Violence
  • Assault Second Degree
  • Violate Protective Order

vMitchell is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status.

UPDATE 2:44 p.m.- Police Activity has concluded. Richey Road will be open momentarily. 

We will update if any more is provided, we will update.

Valley Lee, MD 11:09 a.m.– The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office(SMCSO) as sent out a public NIXLE alert for police activity on Richey Road in Valley Lee, MD.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle has reached out to SMCSO Public Information Office Cpl. Julie Yingling, and confirmed this is a barricade situation.

Yingling stated that the situation is off the main roads and at this time posed no threat to the community, nor affecting buses/schools. The SMCSO has deputies on the scene, along with the Emergency Services Team(EST).

Deputies are maintaining a perimeter and the Critical Incident Negotiations Team is active as well.

Do not travel in the area of Richey Road, and follow all lawful orders in the area.

This is a developing story…

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