Man charged in Rising Sun drug-related assault
— A man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly pistol-whipped a rival during a drug-related armed robbery downtown and then fired a shot as the victim fled — leaving a bullet lodged in the door frame of the victim’s residence, police reported.
Investigators arrested the suspect, Brandon David Younce, 28, in Rising Sun early Monday morning, some six days after the armed robbery occurred in the area of East Main Street and Walnut Street, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Younce, who lives in the unit block of Bromby Court in Rising Sun, remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond on Monday afternoon.
He is charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence and five other offenses, court records show.
The investigation started about 2 a.m. July 20 when Officer Daniel Stickney of the Rising Sun Police Department made a traffic stop in town and noticed that the front-seat passenger, later identified as the 30-year-old victim, was bleeding heavily from a gash on the right side of his head, police said.
Stickney dispatched an ambulance, which transported the victim to Union Hospital in Elkton, where he received several stitches to close the deep cut to his
head, police added.
The victim wasn’t initially for thright about how he suffered his injury because, as he later admitted to investigators, it allegedly had occurred amid an arranged drug deal in which he was suppose to sell 52 prescription sedative pills to Younce, police reported.
That purported drug-dealgone-bad took place about 10:30 p.m. July 19 — some four hours before the traffic stop conducted by Stickney — and the planned transaction occurred inside the victim’s 2004 BMW, which was parked outside his residence in the unit block of East Cherry Street, court records show.
The victim was in the driver’s seat when Younce entered the vehicle and sat in the front passenger’s seat, police said. At that point, the victim “immediately heard the sound of a gun cocking,” police added.
“Younce hit him along the right side of his head with the gun, stating, ‘Gimme all you (expletive)’,” court records allege.
The victim insisted that his “stuff” was on the front porch of his residence, prompting Younce to hold what the victim described as a .380 semi-automatic handgun against the victim’s neck, court records show.
Then Younce snatched the BMW keys off the victim’s lap and rummaged through the center console and glove compartment, according to court records.
Threatening the victim, “Don’t do anything funny or I’ll kill you,” Younce escorted the victim out of the car and to the front porch, as he continued to “hold the handgun firmly against his neck,” police reported.
“(The victim) stated that once they got to the porch area, he quickly grabbed the doorknob to the residence and dove into the residence, at which time Younce fired the handgun as (the victim) kicked the door shut,” Stickney wrote in his statement of probable cause.
The victim remained on the floor of his residence and waited until he was sure Younce had left the area, police said. He left after he peeked outside the residence and didn’t see Younce anymore, police added.
The victim told investigators that he had texted Younce — the two men knew each other before the incident — and asked what he had done with the BMW keys, police said. After failing to respond to several requests, Younce texted back that he had dropped the keys off at a specified Rising Sun restaurant, police added.
When the victim went there, a restaurant manager gave him the car keys and said a man had dropped them off, according to court records. RSPD investigators viewed the restaurant’s surveillance video, which revealed that it was Younce who had dropped off the BMW keys, court records show.
A shell casing and other crime scene evidence was collected outside the victim’s residence, police reported.
“Officers were able to observe damage to the door frame, which is consistent with a traveling bullet with and upwards trajectory,” court records show.
After observing the crime scene and determining that “evidence needed to be collected,” a RSPD officer contacted the Maryland State Police Crime Lab and requested that MSP crime scene technicians process the scene, according to court records.