By Mark F. Gray
Two Prince George’s County Police and a former part time Fairmount Heights Police officer are in trouble with the law. Prince George’s County Police Officer First Class Sharrod Wiggins and Officer Robert Grimes are facing separate charges and Martique Vanderpool has been indicted following incidents earlier this year that occurred after work hours.
A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted Wiggins, who has been suspended since he was charged with indecent exposure, second degree assault and additional charges stemming from allegations during an incident that transpired while he was off-duty in Hyattsville last April. The City of Hyattsville Police Department immediately began their criminal investigation against Wiggins and suspended his police powers once it started. Wiggins was assigned to the Bureau of Investigation after joining the department in 2012.
Prince George’s County Police Officer First Class Sharrod Wiggins and Officer Robert Grimes are facing separate charges and Martique Vanderpool has been indicted following incidents earlier this year that occurred after work hours. (Courtesy Photo)
The Department’s Special Investigation Response Team, which is a part of the Internal Affairs Division is still continuing with it’s administrative investigation.
Grimes was charged with second degree burglary and destruction of property Dec. in D.C. Superior Court while serving a suspension. He is accused of breaking in and causing property damage to an office building in the District during the early morning hours on Nov. 24. Both are considered misdemeanors and there were no injuries.
Meanwhile, Vanderpool, 32, a former part time Fairmount Heights police officer was arrested for allegedly raping a woman during a traffic stop in September.
According to the police report, Vanderpool was allegedly on duty along with a second officer from Fairmount Heights Police Dept. when he stopped a vehicle at Sheriff Road and Cabin Branch Drive in Capitol Heights around 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 6. The victim, who is only identified as an adult female, was the driver and only occupant in the car.
“The victim, an adult female, was the driver of that car and only occupant,” according to the report. “During the stop, Vanderpool asked the victim to step out of her car. She was placed into handcuffs. Vanderpool then called for a tow truck to impound the victim’s car. The victim was ultimately taken back to the Fairmount Heights Police Department.”
When they went back to the station Vanderpool allegedly told the victim if they engaged in a sexual encounter he would release her and she complied. After the sexual assault, Vanderpool issued the victim several traffic citations then drove her to the impound lot and released her car.
Vanderpool reportedly submitted his resignation from the Fairmount Heights Police Department which was dated Nov. 18 and became effective Nov. 23. His career began as a full-time officer in December 2017, but later voluntarily switched his status to part-time in late July. The Fairmount Heights Police Chief requested Vanderpool be investigated by the Prince George’s County Police Department Special Investigations Response Team.
Vanderpool is charged with first and second-degree rape, second-degree assault and other charges. He’s being held without bond at the Department of Corrections.