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Medway Road standoff suspects bound over

November 09, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A Washington County District judge found probable cause Monday to forward to Washington County Circuit Court charges against two men involved in an Oct. 15 standoff with police on Medway Road in Hagerstown.

District Judge Mark D. Thomas found probable cause to forward three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count each of marijuana possession and illegal possession of a regulated firearm against James C. Midgette and Roger L. Prophet.

Midgette, 32, address unavailable, and Prophet, 35, of District Heights, Md., were being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesperson there said.

When taken into custody after the standoff, Midgette was found to have in his possession $13,247 in cash, according to Washington County District Court records. Prophet had $727 in a pants pocket at the time of his arrest, records indicate.

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During the week of Oct. 1, two agents with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force began an investigation of Prophet, known as Pistol Pete because of his tendency to carry firearms, according to court records. One of the agents determined that Prophet was staying at 721 Medway Road and that he drove a tan or gold Lincoln Navigator, records indicate.

On Oct. 15, agent Bryan Glines of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force went to that address at about 4:30 p.m. to conduct surveillance, and a tan or gold Lincoln Navigator was at the back of the house, Glines wrote in a criminal complaint.

At about 4:50 p.m., Prophet and another man got into the sport utility vehicle, Glines wrote.

Glines followed the sport utility vehicle toward the city of Hagerstown and to Park Place, where Prophet parked the vehicle, court records indicate.

Hagerstown Police officers were notified of the vehicle's location and they made contact with Prophet when he got out of the Navigator, Glines wrote. Prophet got back in the vehicle and fled, nearly striking the officers, Glines wrote.

Hagerstown Police pursued Prophet through Hagerstown, but the chase was ended due to weather conditions, Glines wrote.

Minutes later, Hagerstown Police officer Jessie Duffy saw a tan Lincoln Navigator parked at the rear of 721 Medway Road and noticed Prophet standing next to a garage, Glines wrote.

Prophet then ran into the house, according to court records.

After about 30 to 45 minutes, a Washington County Special Response Team negotiator persuaded Prophet and another man, later determined to be Midgette, to come out of the house, Glines wrote.

The house was searched and items recovered included a 9 mm handgun, a digital scale, a .45-caliber handgun and two glass bottles containing PCP, court records indicate.

A bag of marijuana was found on a work bench when officers secured an outdoor garage, and a razor blade and cocaine residue were found on a kitchen counter, Glines wrote.

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