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Court documents: Hagerstown man charged with three counts after allegedly bringing gun to work

August 19, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

A loaded .45-caliber handgun was seized in the arrest of an 18-year-old Hagerstown man who allegedly took the loaded weapon to work Sunday at a Sharpsburg Pike fast-food restaurant, according to Maryland State Police and court records.

Brandon Duane Bloyer of Luxor Lane in Hagerstown was charged with three firearm possession offenses, the court records said.

Police took Bloyer into custody at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday at McDonald’s restaurant at 10525 Sharpsburg Pike after an employee told a store manager that a co-worker had a handgun.

The manager “reviewed the video surveillance and found that the footage did corroborate the allegation,” according to the statement of probable cause filed in Washington County District Court.

The manager “went to the ‘break room’ and located the backpack and upon finding the weapon, secured it in the manager’s office until troopers arrived,” police said in the charging documents.

The handgun was an unregistered Hi Point JHP loaded with seven rounds of .45-caliber hollow-point ammunition, police said.

Bloyer told police that the gun belonged to “a friend,” the documents said.

He was charged with one count each of minor in possession of a firearm; handgun on person; and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, the documents said.

Bloyer has an active peace order against him filed by two females, according to court records.

The petition for the peace order, signed in May by District Court Judge Mark D. Thomas, alleges Bloyer “constantly” called, texted and stalked one of the females, and threatened to take his own life if she did not continue a relationship with him.

The female also alleged that Bloyer was on medication, including antidepressants, and “has many weapons in his home” from guns to knives, according to the peace order, which is valid through Nov. 24, 2013.

Bloyer, who was taken to Washington County Detention Center, posted $10,000 bond Sunday night and was released, court records said.

Conviction on all three charges would carry a maximum penalty of up to 13 years in prison and $22,500 in fines, the charging documents said.

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