Two city men face gun charges

June 10, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Two Hagerstown men were in police custody Thursday night after an incident in which one of them allegedly held several people at gunpoint in a city home, Hagerstown City Police said.

Joseph Eugene Middleton, 19, whose exact address was not known Thursday, faces several charges in connection with the incident. John Hasann Hollis, 24, of 401 S. Potomac St., faces two charges.

City Police Sgt. Johnny Murray said police received a call at about 7:15 p.m. for an argument involving a handgun at 916 Maine Ave. in the city's West End, and they were told that Middleton was involved.

Police said they also learned that there was an arrest warrant for Middleton stemming from charges in Franklin County, Pa., and they arrested him on the warrant when they arrived, Murray said.


Middleton allegedly pointed a gun at at least six people inside the home, where a woman Middleton might have been romantically involved with lives, Murray said.

While police did not immediately find a gun, they were told that the pistol was handed to someone else, who drove off in a Ford Taurus. Police found the Taurus downtown in an alley off the first block of West Franklin Street, Murray said.

Two men were in the car, and the passenger, Hollis, was charged because the pistol allegedly was found at his feet, Murray said.

Middleton was charged with six counts of first-degree assault, seven counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary.

Middleton also was charged with possession of a handgun by someone younger than 21 years old, carrying a concealed handgun and theft of a handgun. Murray said a federal database search showed the gun had been stolen in 1981.

Hollis was charged with transporting a handgun in a vehicle and carrying a handgun as a convicted felon.

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