Hagerstown man charged with beating man with hammer

August 20, 2012|By DON AINES |

A Hagerstown man was being held Monday on $350,000 bond in the Washington County Detention Center on charges he beat another man with a hammer for not paying him back after he posted the man’s bail.

Lanell Weeks, 33, of 15 W. Franklin St., Apt. 3, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and false imprisonment in the Wednesday, Aug. 15, incident, District Court records show. District Judge Ralph H. France II maintained Weeks’ bail amount during a bond review hearing Monday.

France set Weeks’ preliminary hearing for Sept. 5.

At 3:20 p.m. on Aug. 15, police went to the 400 block of Park Place for reports of shots fired and a man having been beaten with a hammer, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown Police.

The alleged victim, Marvin Green, told police that a man he knew as “Mook” posted his $5,000 bond after a June 25 arrest and was angry that he had not been paid back, the charging document said. Green collected some money to repay Mook, whom he met in an alley, the charging document said.

Mook told Green “he wasn’t going anywhere” until the debt was repaid and told him to get into a black Mercedes Benz, the charging document said. Mook drove Green to Park Place, where he got out of the driver’s seat, grabbed a claw hammer from the car and repeatedly struck Green, injuring him in the side, leg and arm, the document alleged.

Mook drove off with Green still in the car, the charging document alleged. Green told police he heard three shots as they were driving away, but did not know if someone was firing at the car, the document said.

Mook made a cell phone call to someone telling them the “war was on now” and saying “he wanted three ‘guns’ to come to Hagerstown to settle the issue,” the charging document said.

Mook drove through Funkstown, Boonsboro and possibly Frederick, Md., the charging document said. During that time, family members of Green were calling Mook’s cell phone trying to arrange a trade for Green’s release, the document said.

Green was released near the intersection of East North and North Potomac streets and was supposed to get unspecified “electronics” to Mook as the trade for his release, the charging document said. Before Green could do that, however, police officers found him and took him to headquarters.

The assault on Green was witnessed by another person, who got the license plate number of the car, which was registered to Weeks, the charging document said.

Police also got a description of a man wearing a red baseball cap and T-shirt who fired the shots, possibly at the Mercedes, the charging document said. Two .40-caliber shell casings were found where the man was seen, the document said.

Several people were able to identify Weeks from a photo lineup, the charging document said.

Weeks has a criminal record that includes a 2003 drug conviction in Washington County, and assault, prison contraband and weapons convictions in New York in the 1990s, Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told France.

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