Hagerstown man charged in February armed home invasion held on $800,000 bond

March 30, 2012|By DON AINES |

A Hagerstown man charged in a February armed home invasion in which a shot was fired and for selling drugs to an undercover informant is being held on $800,000 bond.

Justin Terrell Lewis, 20, of 220 1/2 Jonathan St., is charged with three counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and single counts of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary for the Feb. 26 incident on the 900 block of Main Ave., according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police.

In that incident, a group of six or seven males forced their way into the home and assaulted three males smoking marijuana in a bathroom, the charging documents said.

The three victims were punched and kicked, and one of them told police he was struck with an unknown object, the documents said.

A victim also told police that the person he purchased marijuana from was among the assailants and was armed with a gun, the documents said.

Victims later identified Lewis from a photographic array, the  documents said.

Shortly after the incident occurred, Curtis Evans, 17, of Hagerstown, was charged as an adult in the break-in and assault, the documents said.

Witnesses had identified Evans as the person armed with the handgun, the documents said.

Lewis appeared Friday in Washington County District Court before Judge Dana Moylan Wright for a bond-review hearing on the home-invasion charges, as well as the drug charges from March 19.

Lewis allegedly sold the Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant $100 worth of crack cocaine on the first block of West Church Street, the charging documents said.

On Thursday, March 29, the task force attempted to use the same informant to make another drug purchase from Lewis on East Avenue, the documents said.

Traffic noise prevented agents from hearing the transaction over an electronic monitor and, believing the sale had been made, they moved in to arrest Lewis, the documents said.

Lewis ran, and an agent used a Taser to stop him, the documents said.

Lewis was charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, distribution of narcotics, attempted distribution of narcotics, two counts of possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

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