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Competency hearing scheduled for kidnapping suspect

August 16, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Jeremy Shane Keadle
Washington County Sheriff's Office

A Washington County Circuit judge has scheduled a competency hearing for a man who was charged with kidnapping his former girlfriend April 1 in the parking lot of The Improved Order of Red Men club in Williamsport.

Defense attorney Carl Creeden requested during a Thursday hearing that Jeremy S. Keadle, 30, of 247 E. Potomac St. in Williamsport, be granted a competency hearing to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Creeden told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. that most of his clients seem to be willing to talk about their defense, but Keadle appeared on several occasions to be unresponsive.

“When we were meeting yesterday ... the communication with Mr. Keadle was more me talking than him talking,” Creeden said.

Keadle was in the courtroom for the hearing, but did not address the court.

Long approved the competency evaluation and scheduled Keadle’s next court appearance for Sept. 20.

Keadle has been charged with one count each of kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, reckless endangerment, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft of less than $1,000, false imprisonment and stalking, and two counts of second-degree assault, according to the statement of charges.

He also was charged with driving with a suspended license, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving and negligent driving.

Conviction on all of the charges carries a maximum penalty of more than 110 years in prison.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in the statement of charges that the victim was an employee of the Red Men club at 16129 Lappans Road when the incident occurred the night of April 1.

Deputies said Keadle had dated the woman for about two years until they broke up toward the end of 2011. The woman told deputies that Keadle called her on numerous occasions to try to meet with her.

The sheriff’s office reported in the charging documents that the victim said she and another employee had just closed the club when Keadle jumped from the bushes and pulled her into her van.

While Keadle was driving away, the woman kicked the keys, gear shift and steering wheel in an effort to stop the van.

“She said that Keadle told her that he was taking her to West Virginia, and she thought that if he was able to get there, she believed that he would kill her,” the documents said.

A deputy in the area drove toward the club and found Keadle allegedly assaulting a woman near a van that was parked on the Interstate 81 southbound ramp from Md. 68, the documents said.

When the deputy got out of his vehicle, Keadle ran into the van through an open passenger door, closing it behind him, the documents said.

The deputy used his baton to break a window of the van as Keadle put the vehicle in drive, the documents said.

He then pointed his handgun at Keadle and ordered him to put his hands on the steering wheel. After complying, Keadle said: “What are you gonna do? Shoot me?” the documents said.

“Keadle then removed his hands from the steering wheel and started reaching toward (the deputy), at which time he deployed his Taser, striking Keadle with both probes,” the documents said. “Keadle’s body stiffened and he fell sideways onto the passenger seat.”

Keadle was taken to Meritus Medical Center to have a Taser probe that was stuck in his arm removed.

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