Man ar­rested for threat­en­ing per­son try­ing to serve him di­vorce pa­pers

Re­port­edly racked a gun, fol­lowed man to car

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A Wal­dorf man was ar­rested last week, ac­cused of threat­en­ing a civil process server by re­port­edly rack­ing a hand­gun when he came to the front door with di­vorce pa­per­work.

Charged with first-de­gree as­sault and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a reg­u­lated firearm, Philip Carby Allen, 44, was ar­rested last week on a war­rant for the al­leged inci- dent on Nov. 3.

On Nov. 3, deputies with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to a home in the 3400 block of Wal­nut Court in Wal­dorf af­ter a civil process server re­ported that Allen had bran­dished a hand­gun in what was per­ceived to be a threat­en­ing man­ner when he at­tempted to serve him his di­vorce pa­per­work, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. He told of­fi­cers that af­ter Allen con­firmed his iden­tity and he at­tempted to serve him the pa­per­work, Allen pulled out a hand­gun, racked it and said, “I don’t want any [ex­plicit] pa­per­work.” The process server told po­lice that he feared for his life and tried to leave as quickly as pos­si­ble, drop­ping the pa­per­work at the door and walk­ing back to­ward his car. Allen allegedly fol­lowed with the gun tucked in his waist­band, and the process server drove away to await po­lice ar­rival.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene and con­vinced Allen to come out­side af­ter talk­ing to him on the phone for about 10 min­utes, court records show. Allen was then de­tained. He told po­lice that he raised the gun and un­loaded it to make the man serv­ing the pa­per­work feel more com­fort­able, and de­nied fol­low­ing him af­ter­ward, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. Allen was then taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal for an emer­gency evaluation due to stress and pos­si­ble sub­stance abuse.

Allen was for­mally charged and ar­rested on war­rant about a week later, court records in­di­cate. He has since posted bond and been re­leased.

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