A Washington County District Court judge Friday increased the bail tenfold for a man who allegedly told a court commissioner earlier this month that he had a gun and had "just shot a cop."
District Court Dana Moylan Wright increased Kevin Michael Drew's bail from $20,000 to $200,000 on charges of making a false statement to a state official and trespassing.
But, by that time, Drew, who is awaiting another mental health evaluation, had walked away from the closed-circuit television hookup from the detention linking him to his bond-review hearing.
Shortly after 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 Hagerstown police went to the county District Court Commissioners Office for a report of an armed man, according to the application for statement of charges.
Four police officers, two auxiliary officers and fire police surrounded the building and closed off West Antietam Street, the charging documents said.
Drew, 32, of no fixed address, did not have a gun, but told officers "he wanted to die and wanted police to shoot him," the documents said.
The court commissioner told police that Drew came to the window, told her he had a gun and had just shot a cop, the documents said. He refused to leave and waited for police, the documents said.
A woman in the lobby heard Drew make the statements, the documents said. He was taken to a hospital for an emergency evaluation.
On Wednesday, Drew went to the Hagerstown Police Department, where he allegedly made threats and overturned trash cans, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen told Wright.
Drew was charged with littering, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, court records said.
Assistant State's Attorney Leon Debes said Friday that arrest warrants for the Oct. 8 and Oct. 19 incidents were issued Thursday. His records did not indicate where Drew was between Oct. 8 and his arrest, Debes said.
Drew has another pending case from August when he was charged with malicious destruction of property at Turning Point, a mental-health facility in Hagerstown, Debes said.
"Turning Point won't take him back because he's too violent" and Drew has three previous emergency commitments, Hansen told Wright.
The county State's Attorney's Office believes Drew is in need of "extensive long-term care," she said.
— Don Aines