Man held on $275,000 bond in assault case

December 04, 2012

A Hagerstown man was in Washington County Detention Center on $275,000 bond on charges that include first-degree assault and use of a firearm in a crime of violence after a woman filed a private criminal complaint against him, according to Washington County District Court records.

Dameron Antonio Saunders, 34, of 36 S. Mulberry St., Apt. 1, had been held without bail prior to a bond hearing Monday before District Judge Oliver J. Cejka.

The charges against Saunders also include seven counts of second-degree assault, theft under $10,000, theft under $1,000, false imprisonment, disorderly conduct and five counts of malicious destruction of property, court records said.

In the hand-written application for statement of charges, the woman stated that Saunders became aggressive with her on Nov. 27 after she told him she wanted a break from their two-year relationship. At one point, he pressed a gun against her chest after she threatened to call his probation officer, the document said.

The woman left their home and later returned to find him taking three televisions, two computers and other possessions, the charging document said. Before leaving, Saunders also took her handbag, the document said.

On Nov. 28, Saunders kicked in the front door of her home at 3 a.m. and she called police, the charging document said. However, he was allowed to stay and they later argued with Saunders punching her in the mouth and throwing her cell phone in the toilet, the document said.

Saunders came to where she worked on Nov. 29 and they got into an altercation in which he slapped her outside the store, the charging document said.

On Dec. 2, the woman came to find Saunders sleeping in the apartment, the charging document said. Another altercation ensued with Saunders assaulting her after which he tried to flee the house, but was stopped by police, the document said.

Saunders is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 2, court records said.

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