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Man charged with attempted murder

January 11, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Brooklyn, N.Y., man already facing gun and drug trafficking charges has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a downtown shooting last summer, according to court records.

Denroy L. Defreitas, 18, whose last known addresses are both in Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count each of handgun in vehicle, handgun on person and discharging a firearm within city limits, records state.

At a hearing Monday, Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set bond for Defreitas at $500,000, records state. France, during a November 2004 hearing, ordered that Defreitas be held at the Washington County Detention Center without bond on charges including possession of a handgun during a drug trafficking crime and distribution of crack cocaine, records state.

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Hagerstown Police Department Chief Arthur Smith said Defreitas was charged late last week following a lengthy investigation that continued while he was already in custody.

"They (investigators) were just building the best case they could," Smith said. "They were working this one pretty steady. We view these as our highest priority because every shooting is a potential murder."

Smith said this case also was significant from a public safety standpoint because the shooting occurred during daylight hours in an area of heavy pedestrian traffic.

On Aug. 4, 2004, Arnold M. Davis, of New York City, was shot in the foot after as he walked with a friend in Wareham Alley, between West Franklin Street and West Washington Street. Multiple shots rang out a few feet from the rear of Waypoint Bank and the Washington County Administration Building.

Police said the man believed to have been driving the car the shooter was seen in after the shooting was taken into custody less than an hour after the incident.

Rasheen N. Henry, 24, of 464 Mitchell Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder, handgun in vehicle and two counts of second-degree assault, according to court records.

Defreitas was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Thursday, a detention center spokeswoman said. His preliminary hearing was tentatively scheduled for Feb. 2, records state.

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