Lexington Park Man Charged with Child Neglect, Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Destruction of Property

August 29, 2015
Rodney O. Runnels, 27, of Lexington Park

Rodney O. Runnels, 27, of Lexington Park

On Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2:16 am, Trooper First Class E. Mersman responded to A&M Glass in Great Mills for the report of a Malicious Destruction of Property.

Investigation revealed that Rodney O. Runnels, 27, of Lexington Park had entered the tow lot and entered a vehicle. An employee attempted to quickly close the gates to prevent him from taking the car. Mr. Runnels accelerated the vehicle and struck the gate, causing damage to the gate and forcing the victim to fall to the ground. Mr. Runnels then drove through the grass and continued onto Point Lookout Road.

TFC Mersman then responded to Mr. Runnels’ residence, where it was determined that Runnels had fled out the back door, leaving a young child awake and alone. The mother of the child responded to the residence and contacted Mr. Runnels to advise him to return to the residence. Mr. Runnels returned to the residence, and was advised he was being placed under arrest. Mr. Runnels immediately began to flee on foot.

After a short pursuit, Mr. Runnels was taken into custody and charged with Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Theft Less than $1,000, Child Neglect, Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1,000.

Runnels was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Rodney O. Runnels, 27, of Lexington Park

Rodney O. Runnels, 27, of Lexington Park

20 Responses to Lexington Park Man Charged with Child Neglect, Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Destruction of Property

  1. WHATS UP on August 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    WITH THE STUPID EMPLOYEE RISKING HIS LIFE FOR A TOWED VEHICLE? WHAT A LOSER.

    • cheywolf on August 31, 2015 at 10:40 am

      So you blame the victim, unreal. You are part of what’s wrong with society. So the guy entered the tow lot illegally, runs over someone and destroys a gate. Risking everyone’s life including his own yet you want to blame the “victim”, who was only doing his job. Unfrickin real….

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Why is the employee a looser? Is it because he has a job and was trying to do the right thing when Mr. Runnels, the true looser, took matters into his own hands with no regard for the employees life, anyone that could have been walking in that areas life, or the life of the child he ran out on? I think your priorities are severely out of whack.

  2. Sambo on August 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Useless pos

  3. Anonymous on August 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Where are these characters coming from?

  4. Christina on August 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Not too bright, like most people around here.

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      If you are here that makes you from here so in saying that!!!!

      • Christina on August 31, 2015 at 7:43 am

        No genius, I’m not from here. Those assumptions will get you every time.

        • cheywolf on August 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm

          So if you are not from around here Christina, how would you know? And since you claim you are not from around here, why are you worrying yourself in what happens in southern MD? So either you aren’t very bright and are from around here or just a troll…

          • Christina on September 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

            So because I’m not from here I’m not allowed to have an opinion? You better inform the rest of the world about this new rule. And don’t ever speak about any place other than SOMD.

        • cheywolf on September 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

          Christina, you are nothing but a troll, how would you know people aren’t bright if you didn’t live here. You have no reason to comment here, go back under the rock you crawled out of troll. Go comment from under your rock because that is where you are from.

      • Christina on August 31, 2015 at 10:59 am

        You’re a loser. Please mind your business.

      • Jeepster14 on August 31, 2015 at 11:49 am

        Well I’m sure Christina would say she is the exception to her own rule :)

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Well you are here so what that makes you?

    • Samuel Clemens on August 31, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      The arrogance is strong with this one, and she’ll typically devolve into ad hominem if called out. I’d posture she, like some others on these boards, have too much time on their hands and questionable social skills.

      • Christina on September 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Show me one ad hominem I’ve made. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

        • Samuel Clemens on September 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm

          You kept calling Leeroy a coward instead of engaging him on the merits of his arguments. There’s more than one of those, your retort?

          • Christina on September 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

            I don’t answer to him or you. It’s that simple.

  5. Jack Wagon on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    He probably needed the car back to go to his job. He probably left the kid there to go get some milk. I’m sure there are explanations for all of this.

  6. Anonymous on September 2, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I am just curious when people will realize that St Marys County likes to make stuff more than what it really is. And then people are so quick to judge others. Nobody was there except the ones involved so we can’t say one way or the other…I am just curious how someone runs into a fence and nearly runs over the poor innocent worker and has no damage to their vehicle!?#-$+@+-$???….things that make you think. I sure would LOVE to hear the follow up and the true story behind it all..not all the papers write it up!!! Just saying