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A Hollywood man was released Saturday on personal recognizance after his arrest on two charges of first-degree assault in court papers alleging he brandished a shotgun earlier that day during a dispute in the Sandy Bottom neighborhood.
Larry Johnson Jr., 32, was taken into custody by police responding that day to Mervell Dean Road, court papers state, where Derick Brown of California reported that he was arguing with a girlfriend, before a man followed him across the street, from the Dew Drop Inn, and began punching him in the head.
Brown was knocked to the ground in front of Boes Custom Motorsports, and when Joshua Fredericks of Great Mills came out of the shop to help him, another man took a shotgun from the rear seat of a pickup truck, pumped a shell out of the weapon and pointed it at Brown and Fredericks, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Connelly. Both assailants rode away in the pickup truck, court papers state, when Fredericks said there were video cameras in the area.
Sheriff’s Cpl. William Rishel followed and stopped the truck, court papers state, and Johnson eventually admitted he was the owner of a shotgun that police found on the side of the road. The suspect said the gun was not loaded, and he denied pointing it at anyone.
“When asked why the shotgun was on the side of the road, and a single loose shell was found in the vehicle,” charging papers state, “the defendant advised after he saw Cpl. Rishel’s vehicle turning around to follow them, he got scared and threw it from the vehicle.”
Connelly obtained two charges of second-degree assault against 29-year-old Christopher Derby of Hollywood, who also was released later that day by a court commissioner on personal recognizance.
Assault with car alleged on Cedar Lane Road
A judge ordered Friday that John Richard Clarke Jr., 23, of Hollywood remain in jail in lieu of $4,500 bond on a charge of first-degree assault in court papers alleging he struck a girlfriend with a car earlier last week on Cedar Lane Road near Leonardtown.
Police found Jessica Marie Reintzell last Wednesday, lying in the grass near the roadway’s intersection with Blacksmith Shop Road, court papers state, and she told the law officers that Clarke kicked and punched her in the head, before the assault continued as she rode with him in the Chevrolet Impala. Witness statements to police indicated that the initial assault occurred along nearby St. John’s Road.
Reintzell told police that “she was in fear for her life, so she jumped out of the moving vehicle” before Clarke made a U-turn, “drove the vehicle straight at her and struck her” before driving away, according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s deputy Anthony Cole.
Police found evidence that a vehicle crashed into a utility pole elsewhere on Cedar Lane Road, court papers state, and they found the damaged car and the suspect at his mother’s home in St. Inigoes.
Clarke told police that he had dropped Reintzell off earlier that day in Lexington Park, and that no assault occurred, according to the court papers also charging him with driving without a license and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Man accused of attacking father in Leonardtown
A judge ordered last Thursday that Creighton S. Perkins, 31, of Kansas City, Mo., be held in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $7,500 bond on a charge of first-degree assault in court papers alleging he choked his father, rendering him unconscious at his Leonardtown home.
Perkins was detained by police on July 8 near the residence on Goddard Court in the Leonard’s Freehold housing area, court papers state, and law officers also were dispatched to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, where Creighton Waller was being treated.
Waller alleged that the suspect shoved him onto a couch during an argument and “began to strangle him, causing him to completely lose consciousness,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Connelly.
“The victim advised he did not know how long the defendant had strangled him or how long he had lost consciousness,” the charging papers state, “but he regained consciousness ... [while being] repeatedly punch[ed] in the left side of the head.”
The suspect’s mother arrived and took Waller to the hospital, court papers state.
Perkins denied that any assault occurred between him and his father, court papers state. Perkins also was charged with trespassing at Leonard’s Freehold, after previously being notified to stay away from the property.
Suspect charged in June assault
Shawn Lloyd Shaw, 35, of California was released Thursday on $25,000 bond after his arrest on charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment in court papers alleging he brandished a firearm during a dispute last month at his home.
Charging papers allege that Shaw grabbed Tammy Nannette McGinnis by the throat, threw her to the ground and repeatedly kicked her on June 19, before he pointed a gun at a vehicle containing McGinnis, her daughter Heather Elizabeth Bridgett and two children outside the residence off St. Andrew’s Church Road.
Shaw also is accused of two offenses of second-degree assault, including flinging a television on top of one of the children, through the charging papers filed by Trooper Edward Mersman of the Maryland State Police.