Man charged in Ris­ing Sun drug-re­lated as­sault

Cecil Whig - - LO­CAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— 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.


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