Bail set for two Hagerstown teens charged as adults after brawl

Bond set for Dimitric D. Winston and Santez M. Thomas

April 22, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
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Bail was set on Friday in Washington County District Court for two teenagers who were charged as adults for allegedly assaulting two men during a fight Thursday morning that began and ended a few blocks from the Hagerstown Police Department.

Judge Dana Moylan Wright set the bond for Dimitric D. Winston, 17, of 325 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, at $75,000. Wright set the bond for Santez M. Thomas, 16, of 133 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown, at $50,000.   

Winston has been charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, according to his charging summary obtained Friday from District Court.

Winston is accused of stabbing Hagerstown resident Galen S. Myers, 44, as the two fought near the intersection of North Prospect and West Washington streets, police said.

Myers was taken to Meritus Medical Center and was listed in fair condition on Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was not listed as a patient Friday afternoon.

Thomas is accused of using a cinder block to strike Thomas Joshua Alexander in the head in the alley behind Always Ron's restaurant in the first block of North Burhans Boulevard.

Thomas has been charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

According to court documents, police were called to respond to a large fight in the area of Byers Stop-N-Go at 152 N. Burhans Blvd. at about 12:20 a.m. Thursday. A witness told police that he saw Alexander being chased by a group of males in the alley directly behind Always Ron's. The witness said he saw a "tall, thin black man wearing a white T-shirt pick up a cinder block, hold it over his head, then strike Alexander in the head with the block." Documents say the males ran away after striking Alexander with the cinder block.

"At this time, Santez Thomas advised that that he started walking toward Byers Stop-N-Go, and Alexander began walking away," documents allege. "Santez Thomas advised that when he and his friends approached the underpass in the area of Roy Rogers, Alexander and several other white males approached him and his friends and began chasing them. Santez Thomas advised that the males had knives in their hands as they chased them."

Police said they made it to the fight as it was raging in the first block of North Prospect Street. Court documents said it was there that police saw Myers holding a red shirt to his left side. They later determined that Myers had been stabbed.

"Myers was transported to the Meritus Medical Center and underwent surgery for a lacerated diaphragm, which caused him difficulty breathing," court documents said. "He was admitted to critical care after the surgery and is expected to be hospitalized for the next several days."

Myers told police that he was stabbed while coming to the aid of his friend.

Police said Winston "was developed as the suspect in the stabbing" after they conducted interviews with several people who were involved in the fight.

Documents show police went to Winston's home, where he was found to be using crutches and had injuries to his knuckles, forearms, elbows, left eye, cheek and knees.

Police took Winston and his mother to the police station on Burhans Boulevard, according to documents. It was there that Winston allegedly told police he got the injuries from a dirt bike accident at City Park early Thursday morning.

Police said they mixed Winston's photograph with four others to show Myers at Meritus Medical Center, where Myers identified Winston as the person who stabbed him.

Winston denied stabbing anyone, and later admitted that he was in the fight, according to court documents. He said he had been knocked to the ground and was kicked by several people, including one who hit him with a flag pole. Police said Winston couldn't provide a description of the person who allegedly hit him with the flag pole.

Court documents show that Thomas told police he was walking with five friends in the alley behind Always Ron's when he saw that his friend, Winston, was in a fight.

"Santez Thomas advised that as he approached to break up the fight, Alexander attempted to strike him," documents allege. "Santez Thomas said that he feared for his safety because the male was an adult and he was a kid, so he picked up the cinder block and hit the male again ... Santez Thomas showed no remorse and was very open about striking the male over the head with the cinder block. He said several times that he did nothing wrong because he was a kid and the male was an adult."

Police said they charged two other people in connection with the fight.

Anthony R. Sellers, 26, of 438 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey, second-degree assault and resisting/interfering with arrest.

Court documents allege that Sellers tried to fight with police when they arrived to break up the fight. Police said Sellers had to be tazed to get under control.

Jessica M. Harvey, 30, also of 438 W. Franklin St., was charged with obstructing and hindering, and resisting/interfering with arrest.

Police said in court documents that Harvey was charged because she repeatedly interfered with police when they tried to arrest Sellers. Court documents said police sprayed Harvey with pepper spray before she was handcuffed.

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