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Attempted murder suspect still held

December 19, 2000

Attempted murder suspect still held



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


A Hagerstown man charged for the attempted murder of his girlfriend and two others Friday night continued to be held without bond Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

Oranda Yvette Caldwell, 39, was shot in the right shoulder and left buttock on Friday evening after attempting to end a 17-year relationship with Carden Elson Young, according to records in Washington County District Court.

Caldwell was in serious condition at Washington County Hospital on Monday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

During a Monday afternoon bond review appearance, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes asked District Court Judge R. Noel Spence to keep Young at the detention center without bond because of the serious nature of the charges.

While Young had no local criminal record, Rozes expressed concern about whether he would remain in the area if released on bond.

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Young was born in Barbados and has lived mostly in the New York City area, Rozes said. He recently came to the Hagerstown area, where his girlfriend has family, Rozes said.

Young sat quietly awaiting his hearing, wearing a khaki jumpsuit and a blue County Jail jacket with his wrists chained.

He spoke so softly during the hearing Spence had to ask Young to speak up, but he had nothing to say other than he would be seeking a public defender.

Young, 53, of 27 E. Lee St., was charged with three counts each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, court records state. Young also was charged with one count each of possessing a handgun without a permit and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Witnesses alleged Young and Caldwell, who live together, were on their way around 6:30 p.m. to buy gas at Sheetz on Potomac Avenue when they got into an heated argument in the first block of North Locust Street, charging documents state.

Also in the van were three of Caldwell's relatives - Michelle Watson, 29; her son, Manuel Ernesto Watson, 9; and Caldwell's daughter, Oranda Leray Chukwu, 20, according to court records and police.

After Caldwell pulled the van to the curbside, Young "repeatedly pointed his finger in her face and poked her," court records allege.

Witnesses told police Caldwell told Young they should end their relationship and got out of the van, court records allege.

Young got out and followed her before Caldwell was shot as she walked south, according to police and court records.

Watson had gotten out of the van and was trying to calm Young, police said. As she backed away from the shooter, Watson stumbled over her son behind her.

When the shooter approached Watson and her son and pointed the gun, she shielded the boy as the gun misfired, police said.

Court documents allege Young was angry with Michelle Watson and blamed her for the demise of his relationship with Caldwell.

Young had repeatedly threatened to shoot Caldwell recently, Michelle Watson alleged in charging documents.

A witness flagged down a police officer on East Franklin Street around 6:45 p.m., police said.

The accused shooter was found holding a .32-caliber, five-shot revolver, as he ran through a newly constructed City of Hagerstown parking lot in the first block of East Washington Street, according to police and charging documents.

The man was arrested after surrendering the firearm, police said.

The gun's hammer was cocked and the weapon appeared jammed, according to charging documents.

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