MURDER IN THE GHETTO: Elijah Bernard Barnes nabbed in NC and charged with killing Rajon Lateef Jackson III in St. Charles neighborhood


Elijah Barnes Nabbed in North Carolina and charged in Shooting and Murder of Westlake High School Student

On January 18, Elijah Bernard Barnes, 18, of Waldorf, was arrested by detectives with the Rocky Mount Police Department in North Carolina in connection with the murder of Rajon Lateef Jackson, III, 17, who was shot and killed last week in Waldorf. Jackson, a Westlake High School student, was walking home from school on January 13 and was in the area of Dorchester Circle and Harvest Fish Place when Barnes, who was in a car, shot Jackson and fled.

Detectives assigned to the CCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and pursued leads. As a result of their investigation, detectives were able to positively identify the suspect and obtain an arrest warrant. With the assistance of the Agency’s Homeland Security and Intelligence Section, the suspect was found to be associated with an address in North Carolina. Investigators contacted the Rocky Mount Police Department who located Barnes and took him into custody without incident.

Barnes will be charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder once he is extradited back to Maryland. Detectives are continuing to develop a motive; however, the suspect and victim were known to each other and this was not a random shooting. Anyone with information about this case should call Det. Bringley at 301-609-6499. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. 

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry in front of Sheriff’s Headquarters. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

WALDORF, MD., – Yet another shooting in Waldorf in a county infused with all the strict gun laws passed by the whack job liberal socialists of the Maryland General Assembly and which are hardly ever enforced by the lackadaisical District Court Judges Talley and Watkins, who regularly allow those arrested with loaded guns and drugs to be released with ankle monitors has resulted in the death of a teen that Sheriff Troy Berry says was targeted by his killer.

Detectives Investigating Homicide on Dorchester Circle near Harvest Fish Place: 
On January 13 at 2:30 p.m., Sheriff Berry says Charles County Patrol officers responded to Dorchester Circle and Harvest Fish Place in Waldorf for the report of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they located the victim, who had gunshot wounds. Officers and EMS rendered first aid to the victim, who was transported to a hospital.

Murder-in-Waldorf-Rajon-Jackson-III-after-school-in-St.-Charles-Photo courtesy of NBC 4 DC
Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter Trooper Seven takes flight to a trauma center with a patient from a crash on Md. Rt. 5 in front of Kevin’s Corner Kafe. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

The teen died on January 14, 2023, due to his injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Rajon Lateef Jackson III, 17, of Waldorf, was walking home and in his neighborhood in Dorchester Circle and Harvest Fish Place when the suspect shot him. This does not appear to be a random act. Maryland land records show that Rajon L. Jackson Jr. bought a home on Harvest Fish Place in 2020.

Detectives are pursuing leads and ask anyone with information to call Detective Bringley at 301-609-6499. To remain anonymous, Tipsters may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can be submitted online at or by the P3Intel mobile app. Additional details will be released when they become available. 

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