Man fac­ing time in school at­tack

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A man ac­cused of point­ing a hand­gun at an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer on the grounds of North East El­e­men­tary School — af­ter that of­fi­cer caught the sus­pect pis­tol-whip­ping a ri­val there — is fac­ing up to 13 years in prison af­ter ac­cept­ing a plea deal.

The de­fen­dant, Carl Wayne Ewing III, 32, of the 200 block of Hopewell Road near Ris­ing Sun, en­tered “not guilty” pleas to sec­ond­de­gree as­sault and pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous weapon on school prop­erty dur­ing a Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court on Tues­day.

How­ever, as part of those pleas, Ewing in­di­cated that he agreed with the in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the pros­e­cu­tion’s state­ment of facts con­cern­ing the Septem­ber in­ci­dent and, there­fore, would not chal­lenge it.

It is sim­i­lar to an Al­ford plea, in which a de­fen­dant main­tains his in­no­cence while ac­knowl­edg­ing that the state pos­sesses enough ev­i­dence to con­vict him at trial.

The judge found Ewing guilty of those two of­fenses af­ter As­sis­tant State’s

ELK­TON

At­tor­ney Karl Fock­ler read the agreed-upon state­ment of facts into the record. As part of the plea deal, pros­e­cu­tors dropped a re­lated first-de­gree as­sault charge.

Sen­tenc­ing is set for June 7, al­low­ing time for a pre­sen­tenc­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ewing’s back­ground and crim­i­nal record.

At the time of the Sept. 16 in­ci­dent, which oc­curred in broad day­light and, at times, amid ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar school sports ac­tiv­i­ties, Ewing was on su­per­vised pro­ba­tion for an as­sault con­vic­tion re­lat­ing to a 2012 case in which he stood ac­cused of beat­ing his wife with a tire iron along a Ris­ing Sunarea high­way, court records show.

The in­ci­dent started about 6:30 p.m. when the off-duty Delaware law en­force­ment of­fi­cer heard yelling, cry­ing and re­peated screams of “stop” while vis­it­ing some­one at a res­i­dence in Westover Place, which is close to North East El­e­men­tary School at 301 Thomas Ave., po­lice re­ported.

Af­ter fol­low­ing the sounds

to a wooded area on North East El­e­men­tary School grounds, the off-duty of­fi­cers saw Ewing beat­ing a prone man, later iden­ti­fied as Rockie Allen Poe III, 21, a North East res­i­dent who, at that time, was wanted on a war­rant charg­ing him with theft and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion in an un­re­lated case, po­lice said.

When the off-duty of­fi­cer iden­ti­fied him­self and or­dered the sus­pect to stop, Ewing re­sponded, “I’m not go­ing to stop be­cause this (ex­ple­tive) robbed me,” po­lice added.

At that point, the off-duty of­fi­cer re­al­ized that Ewing was hold­ing a hand­gun at his right side and that he had pis­tol-whip­ping the man with it, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The sus­pect turned on the off-duty of­fi­cer when he or­dered him to drop the weapon, po­lice re­ported.

The off-duty of­fi­cer re­treated, walk­ing back­ward slowly be­fore leav­ing the scene, po­lice said. Af­ter in­struct­ing his adult daugh­ter

to call 911, po­lice added, the off-duty of­fi­cer re­turned and dis­cov­ered that the beaten man was gone and that Ewing was walk­ing into a wooded area be­tween the el­e­men­tary and mid­dle schools.

Af­ter catch­ing up with Ewing along­side a fence near North Mid­dle School School sports fields, the off­duty of­fi­cer strug­gled with Ewing while try­ing to ar­rest him, po­lice re­ported.

Classes were not in ses­sion at ei­ther school dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties were tak­ing place at the mid­dle school at 200 E. Ce­cil Ave., how­ever, and the North East In­di­ans of the Ce­cil County Ju­nior Foot­ball League were pre­par­ing to start prac­tice. Nu­mer­ous boys, par­ents and

coaches were nearby and saw the strug­gle.

Two of those coaches ran over and as­sisted the off­duty of­fi­cer in sub­du­ing Ewing and tak­ing him into cus­tody.

Ewing had dis­carded the hand­gun be­fore the off-duty of­fi­cer caught him, po­lice re­ported. His wife, Natasha Ann Ewing, 31, who had ar­rived at the scene, re­trieved the hand­gun and then sped away in a red car, po­lice said. Natasha Ewing al­legedly had slapped the off-duty of­fi­cer’s adult daugh­ter in the face as she, too, tried to re­trieve the dis­carded gun, po­lice added.

Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies cap­tured Natasha Ewing in the 200 block of Bridge Street in Elk­ton about five hours later, po-

lice re­ported.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion lead CCSO de­tec­tives to the woods in the 800 block of Blue Ball Road, north of Elk­ton, where they re­cov­ered the hand­gun that Ewing had bran­dished dur­ing the in­ci­dent and that his wife had taken be­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tors could con­fis­cate as ev­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Natasha Ewing is sched­uled to be sen­tenced on June 1. Dur­ing a hear­ing ear­lier this month, she pleaded guilty to sec­ond­de­gree as­sault for her role in the in­ci­dent and, in ex­change, pros­e­cu­tors dropped re­lated charges, court records show. The of­fense car­ries a max­i­mum 10-year sen­tence.

C. EWING

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