Hagerstown man charged with attempted first-degree murder

Xavier Maurice Nathaniel Tates faces a host of other charges in Frederick Street home invasion

November 28, 2012|By DON AINES |
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A Hagerstown man charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in a Frederick Street home invasion on Nov. 20 was being held in the Washington County Detention Center without bond Wednesday, according to a jail spokesman.

Xavier Maurice Nathaniel Tates, 24, whose last known address was 115 S. Locust St., also was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as armed robbery, robbery and criminal conspiracy, court records said.

Hagerstown police went to 285 Frederick St. shortly before 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 for a report of a home invasion, the application for statement of charges said. Police learned that two men, Kenneth A. Platt Jr. and Jason T. Baker, had been taken to Meritus Medical Center with stab wounds, the document said.

There were five adults and two children in the house at the time of the incident, the charging document said. Platt had a co-worker known as “X” with him who made a phone call to an unknown person, giving him directions to the house, the charging document said.


Platt and “X” went outside to wait for the other man, but witnesses told police Platt rushed back inside and tried unsuccessfully to keep another man from forcing his way in, the charging document said. The man was armed with a shotgun and had a cloth over his face, the document said.

A woman in the house, Jessica Pettner, was struck in the head with the butt of the shotgun and “X” came back into the house, the charging document said. The masked man dropped the shotgun while struggling with Baker and “X” picked the weapon up and pointed it at Pettner, the document said.

“Give us what you got,” the intruders told Pettner, the charging document said. She told them she had nothing and they headed toward a bedroom where the children and two other women were, the document said.

Pettner and Baker escaped, but she realized Baker had been stabbed several times in the back, the charging document said. Pettner saw people nearby and asked them to call 911, the document said.

The women and children in the bedroom escaped through a window, the charging document said.

Platt had been stabbed two times and both he and Baker sustained a collapsed lung, the charging document said. Pettner had a stab wound to her thigh and was treated for a concussion, the document said.

Investigators contacted the business where “X” worked and he was identified as Xavier Tates, the charging document said. His picture was placed in a photo array from which the victims and witnesses identified him, the document alleged.

The report did not indicate whether the man with the shotgun had been identified. He was described in

Tates’ charging document as being black, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 250 pounds.

Charges were filed against Tates on Nov. 23 and he was picked up Monday, the charging document said.

Tates remained held without bond following a bond review hearing Tuesday before District Judge Mark D. Thomas. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 18, court records said.

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