UPDATE: Two Lexington Park Men Arrested for Armed Robbery

December 30, 2015
Donald Strickland, age 36, and Joseph Eckloff, age 32, both of Lexington Park

Donald Strickland, age 36, and Joseph Eckloff, age 32, both of Lexington Park

UPDATE 12/30/15 @ 11:00 a.m.: On Sunday, December 6, 2015, at approximately 11:23 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the areas of Sugar Maple Court and the nearby Wawa gas station in California, for a report of an assault with an injured subject.

The injured subject, along with a second victim, also reported to be the victims of an armed robbery.

The injured victim was found to be suffering from multiple head wounds that required transport via Maryland State Police Helicopter “Trooper 7” to a local area trauma center. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded and assumed the investigation.

The subsequent investigation by CID detectives, crime lab technicians, and the CID Support Team led to the identification of suspects Donald Strickland, age 36, and Joseph Eckloff, age 32, both of Lexington Park.

On December 28, 2015, arrest warrants were obtained by CID detectives for both suspects in connection with the armed robbery.

Both Strickland and Eckloff were arrested by CID detectives on December 29, 2015, without incident and were incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Both suspects were charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Assault 1st and 2nd Degree, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Theft Less than $1,000.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200*, ext. 8125 or by email at Cory.Ellis@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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12/30/15 @ 4:45 a.m.: According to court documents Donald Sheldon Strickland, 36, of Lexington Park, was arrested by Detective Cory Ellis, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Strickland was arrested on Monday, December 28, 2015.

Strickland arrest was for an incident that occurred on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in California.

Details will be provided as they become available.

Strickland was charged with the following

  • 2 counts of Armed Robbery
  • 2 counts of Robbery
  • 2 counts of  First Degree Assault
  • 2 counts of Second Degree Assault
  • 2 counts of Theft of less than $1,000
  • and use of a Firearm in a Violent Crime

Strickland went before a District Court Commissioner and his bail was set at $250,000. Strickland will appear before a district court judge on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, for a bail hearing.

Donald Sheldon Strickland, 36, of Lexington Park

Donald Sheldon Strickland, 36, of Lexington Park

Joseph Eckloff, age 32, of Lexington Park

Joseph Eckloff, age 32, of Lexington Park

31 Responses to UPDATE: Two Lexington Park Men Arrested for Armed Robbery

  1. Anonymous on December 30, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Thief pos!

  2. Shannon on December 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

    This is so funny, what a loser! Wonder if his babies mom or girlfriend Bethany was with him. Get off the dope boy.

    • Angela on December 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

      There’s nothing funny about their crime!!

    • Keepin It Real on December 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      You sound jealous of his babies momma.

      • Anonymous on January 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

        ???

    • Anonymous on December 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Shannon why does it matter to you if his babies mom or Bethany was with him?!?! Why do you have to bring up 2 innocent people in something that is irrelevant to them! Bethany hasn’t been with Donnie in a long time! She was tired of being blinded by surprise. He had her fooled

  3. Bust a Move on December 30, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Nice neck tat…

  4. Oscar Meyer on December 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Aren’t these d’bags frequent flyers on this site?

  5. sorrynotsorry on December 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    So sad. I know one of these guys from middle / high school. He has always had a drug problem. It’s never too late to change and turn your life around. It is so difficult to see a childhood friend struggle and choose bad things in life. Hopefully you will actually do real time and get yourself clean and clear headed. I wish more for you in life than you have given to yourself. You have beautiful children that may end up like you if that’s what they see as an example. Think about your actions.

    • Common sense should be more common on January 1, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Donnie has always had substance abuse problems, in 7th grade he dumped a bottle of white out down his nose. It was funny then but it’s not so funny now.

  6. Anonymous on December 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Trash, they deserve nothing good in this life and to be locked away for a long time. No sympathies for anything that happens to these two zits on the but cheek of society. Rotting away in a cell is too good for them.

  7. Urn on December 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Why would bail even be offered at this point? Keep them in.

  8. The Dude... on December 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Useless…the two of them.

    Sooner they OD the better.

  9. Tell You What on December 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    32 and 36 doing something that stupid. Not surprising because some people never grow up and never learn anything except for expert level stupidity.

  10. John Coffey on December 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Thugs

  11. Anonymous on December 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Obviously rehab is not effective because both of these lowlife scumbags have been given numerous chances and here they are again. Donnie just got off a charge for endangering his son. Dumbass dope fiends.

    • JACKBLACK on December 31, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Rehab is effective for those who TRULY want to live a clean and sober life. Those that are sent to rehab opposed to serving time, are only there to do their time and go right back to the same messed up lifestyle. They don’t take the opportunity of Rehab as a true blessing for a better life, just see it as not having to do time in jail.

  12. Anonymous on December 31, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Parents are the enablers. AFFLUENZA!

    • Keepin It Real on December 31, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Buzzwords that I don’t understand the meaning to!!1!

  13. Anonymous on December 31, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Do people ever grow up??? 36 and 32 beating and robbing someone…come on. Lexington Park thugs..hahahaha..get a life. You might want to google what praying hands are for and actually do it sometime. Pray for forgiveness. .pray for healing and get yourself together!!!!

    • Michael on January 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Well check on this so called victim in this case is currently an inmate in Baltimore for drug distribution for the third time so I don’t think hr was telling the while truth to the police

  14. Old S.E. Dog on December 31, 2015 at 2:43 am

    SOUTHERN MARYLAND “WHITE TRASH”

    • Cannabis on December 31, 2015 at 9:48 am

      yes thats right

  15. JACKBLACK on December 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

    They are both being held on 100% $250,000 bond. Anyone who puts up bond for either or both of these idiots surely have lost their minds. Looking at these two’s criminal history, it’s time they both spent a long time in prison! They obviously could care less about the chances they’ve been given so therefore they need to sit in prison for 30+ years. The only people I feel sorry for are the children they have helped bring into this world.

  16. Tell You What on December 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Neck tattoos, facial hair and thuggish facial expressions. I’m so surprised…NOT!

  17. Leeroy Jenkins the III on January 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I suspect their former home was within a trailer park, they certainly fit the stereotype.

    • Sorrynotsorry on January 4, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      The sad thing is you are incorrect Leeroy. I wish you were right. Truth is Donnie had a privileged upbringing. Talented athlete and has the nicest parents you’ve ever met…. He just partied too much and no one ever did anything to help him or have him be responsible for his actions. . And this is what it lead to. So sad so ver sad.

      • Anonymous on January 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

        I have to disagree. Several people have tried to help Donnie, for a very long time, including his family. The only person responsible for his actions is himself. We need to stop placing the blame on everyone and everything else. Donnie is the only person that can decide if he wants help. Unfortunately, it appears as though he doesn’t. Please stop blaming other people for not providing necessary help – especially his family.

  18. Anonymous on January 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    With all the pillaging, raping, child molesting, assaults, etc…ALL DONE BY WHITES NOT MINORITIES. WHERE WOULD TRUMP SEND THESE BOTTOMFEEDERS.

    • cheywolf on January 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      The same place he should send your racist self… You have a small mind if all you can bring up is race, really? Crimes by any race are bottom feeders but if all you can see is the color of someone skin, what does that make you? Racist much?????

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Banishment Island…it’s a place he will create, once elected.