Woman gets 10 days for N.E. school grounds as­sault

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ ce­cil­whig. com

— A woman was sen­tenced to five week­ends in jail for slap­ping an off- duty po­lice of fi­cer’s teenage daugh­ter — as the of­fi­cer tried to ar­rest the de­fen­dant’s com­bat­ive hus­band dur­ing a gun- re­lated in­ci­dent that started on the grounds of North East El­e­men­tary School and ended at nearby North East Mid­dle School.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Keith A. Baynes im­posed an 18- month sen­tence on Elk­ton- area res­i­dent Natasha Ann Ewing, 31, and then sus­pended all but 10 days of it. Ewing will serve her 10- day term at the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on five con­sec­u­tive week­ends.

The judge or­dered Ewing to serve 18 months of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion af­ter com­plet­ing her 10- day jail term.

Ewing had pleaded guilty to sec­ond- de­gree as­sault in April as part of plea deal in which pros­e­cu­tors dropped two re­lated charges.

Ewing has an oth­er­wise un­blem­ished crim­i­nal re-

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cord and is the mother of four chil­dren, who are in her care, re­ported As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney David Par­rack, who pros­e­cuted the case, list­ing two mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors con­sid­ered at sen­tenc­ing.

She also played a lesser role than her hus­band, Carl Wayne Ewing III, 32, who is fac­ing up to 13 years in prison af­ter en­ter­ing a plea to pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous weapon on school grounds and sec­ond- de­gree as­sault.

He en­tered “not guilty” pleas to those charges in April, but agreed with the information con­tained in the pros­e­cu­tion’s state­ment of facts con­cern­ing the in­ci­dent and, there­fore, in­di­cated that he would not chal­lenge it.

His sen­tenc­ing is set for Tues­day.

At the time of the Septem­ber in­ci­dent, which oc­curred in broad day­light and amid ex­tracur­ric­u­lar school sports ac­tiv­i­ties, Carl 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 Sun- area high­way, court records show.

The in­ci­dent started about 6: 30 p. m. Sept. 16, when the off- duty Delaware law en­force­ment of­fi­cer heard yelling, cr ying 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 off­duty of­fi­cers saw Carl 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, the sus­pect re­sponded, “I’m not go­ing to stop be­cause this ( ex­ple­tive) robbed me,” po­lice added.

At that point, the off­duty of­fi­cer re­al­ized that the sus­pect was hold­ing a hand­gun at his right side and that he had pis­tol­whip­ping 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 daugh­ter to call 911, po­lice added, the off- duty of­fi­cer re­turned and dis­cov­ered that the beaten man was gone and that the sus­pect was walk­ing into a wooded area be­tween the el­e­men­tary and mid­dle schools.

Af­ter catch­ing up with the sus­pect along­side a fence near North Mid­dle School School sports fields, the off- duty of­fi­cer strug­gled with Carl Ewing while tr ying 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 off- duty of­fi­cer in sub­du­ing the sus­pect and tak­ing him into cus­tody.

At some point dur­ing the in­ci­dent, Carl Ewing had dis­carded the hand­gun and his wife, at his in­struc­tion, went to re­trieve it, pros­e­cu­tors said. The off­duty of­fi­cer’s daugh­ter, how­ever, had her foot on the weapon to se­cure it, pros­e­cu­tors added.

Ewing’s wife slapped the teen, took the hand­gun and drove away, pros­e­cu­tors re­ported.

Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies cap­tured her in 200 block of Bridge Street in Elk­ton about five hours later, po­lice said. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion lead CCSO de­tec­tives to the woods in the 800 block of Blue Ball Road, north of Elk­ton, where they re­cov­ered the hand­gun.

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