Man faces assault and weapons charges

October 06, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Police arrested a Hagerstown man Saturday evening in connection with two incidents involving a sawed-off shotgun this weekend.

The Hagerstown Police Department charged Terry Brian Swope, 17, of 309 Fridinger Ave., with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and possession of a firearm by a person younger than 21 following incidents Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Police allege Swope, brandishing a knife, made slashing motions toward Donald J. Barnhart during a Saturday argument, just before noon, near the Fridinger Avenue residence. Barnhart told investigators he then left the area instead of fighting, police said. Barnhart told investigators he went to the residence to discuss an incident involving Swope the previous evening, police said.

Soon after, Swope and Barnhart, who then was accompanied by William R. Nave, again crossed paths, police said. Police allege Swope attempted to get Barnhart and Nave to fight and displayed a sawed-off shotgun, though he did not point it at the men.


Police also charged Swope with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

Police allege Swope pointed the sawed-off gun at Patricia A. McDough, of the 300 block of Vale Street, on Friday evening after McDough told him to leave her back yard.

Swope was being held Sunday evening at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a total bond of $75,000 on the two sets of charges, a detention center spokesman said.

Police said the afternoon argument is connected to another incident involving weapons at a residence in the 700 block of Chestnut Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police allege a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old went to the residence, exited a tan/copper-colored van and challenged Barnhart and Nave to a fight in the street. The juvenile, who was not identified, and Billy W. Smith, of 728 Medway Road in Hagerstown, allegedly brandished butterfly knives during the altercation, police said. Police reported no injuries stemming from the incident.

The juvenile and Smith each were charged with two counts of attempted second-degree assault and openly wearing/carrying a deadly weapon.

Smith was being held Sunday evening at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $35,000 bond, a detention center spokesman said.

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