Manhunt yields no discovery

December 06, 2000

Manhunt yields no discovery


see also: City man flees courthouse

Hagerstown City Police unsuccessfully searched downtown apartments Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon for a man who they say assaulted a deputy and fled from the Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Lt. Gary Spielman said an officer thought he saw a man matching the description of Kenon Malik Hollis, 19, enter 64 1/2 W. Franklin St. around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police searched an apartment in the building that had a broken lock but didn't find Hollis, he said.

"Last night we rattled every door we knew of," said Sgt. Curtis Wood.

Police searched another apartment building in the same block of West Franklin Street Wednesday afternoon, but turned up nothing, said Wood.


Police have been questioning friends, family and acquaintances of Hollis as well as visiting places where he has lived and hung out in the past, said Wood.

They also checked every hotel in the city, he said.

Officers from the city, Washington County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police were involved in the search.

Wood said police weren't discouraged by their lack of success in finding Hollis.

"We'll get him," he said.

Washington County Deputy 1st Class Annette Sprecher was returning Hollis to a holding cell on the third floor of the courthouse at around 10 a.m. Tuesday when Hollis broke away and a struggle ensued, said Lt. Robert Hafer, judicial commander at the courthouse for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

During the struggle, Sprecher was punched, bitten, pepper sprayed and her head was beaten against the elevator floor, Hafer said.

Sprecher, 35, of Hagerstown, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, Hafer said.

After fleeing the courthouse, Hollis ran down W. Franklin St. and passed two police officers who were at the time unaware of the incident, said Wood.

Hollis was also seen in the North Jonathan Street area around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Court records describe Hollis as a black male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with brown eyes and weighing 170 pounds. In his police mug shot, Hollis' black hair is in cornrows.

His address is listed in court records as 757 Spruce St., Apt. 1.

Hollis was due in Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a suppression hearing, according to the court docket.

He is also wanted on armed robbery charges stemming from a Nov. 27 incident, police said.

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