suspect charged with armed robbery while under electronic surveillance for previous violent crimes | |

WALDORF, Maryland – On October 8, 2021, a male suspect arranged to meet the victim after speaking to her through a social media app. They met on a street in a location in Charles County, at which point the suspect drew a gun and stole the victim’s vehicle. The suspect fled and the victim called the police. Detectives later identified the suspect as Erion Vann Burton, 20, of Waldorf and obtained an arrest warrant.

A computer check revealed that at the time of the October car hijacking, Burton was believed to be under electronic surveillance. He was arrested in August 2020 on an unrelated carjacking case and after being charged in June 2020 with unrelated second degree rape. He was initially held without bail for these two crimes.

In April 2021, a judge released Burton from the electronically monitored detention center operated by private companies. Surveillance companies report directly to the courts and are regulated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety.

Burton did not appear in court in September for the original carjacking case and the rape case, when the courts issued an arrest warrant and notified the sheriff’s office. Members of the Mandates Unit began to search for Burton.

On November 7, a Charles County Sheriff’s Patrol Officer initiated a traffic stop and located Burton inside the vehicle. Burton was in possession of a fully charged polymer “phantom” pistol – a pistol without a serial number that is assembled by the user – with an extended clip for additional ammunition. He was arrested without incident and charged with carjacking in October 2021, first degree assault, second degree assault, illegal possession of a firearm due to a previous felony conviction and other related charges. The non-appearance warrants were also served. He is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond. Detective Bringley is investigating.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since achieved the highest rating of excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information visit

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