Man charged with as­sault­ing law of­fi­cers in Leonard­town

Road­side dis­pute fol­lowed call to hospi­tal

Maryland Independent - - News - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­ Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

A call for po­lice this week to a St. Mary’s hospi­tal was fol­lowed by a Charles County man’s scuf­fle with law of­fi­cers along an ad­ja­cent high­way, court pa­pers state, and his ar­rest on charges of as­sault­ing three state troop­ers.

Joseph Marvin Swann, a 36-year-old Wal­dorf res­i­dent, re­mained in St. Mary’s jail after a hear­ing Wed­nes­day, on­line court records state, on the charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing that early on Tues­day morn­ing, he shoved one of­fi­cer try­ing to put him in a po­lice cruiser, kicked an­other of­fi­cer, and spat on a third law­man’s arm be­fore they in­ter­vened to stop Swann’s de­struc­tion to the ve­hi­cle.

“He stated he would put a gun in my mouth and shoot me,” Trooper Evan Krenik of the Mary­land State Po­lice wrote in a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause. “He con­tin­ued to make ver­bal threats, stat­ing he was go­ing to kill us all.”

Swann was “clearly in­tox­i­cated,” ac­cord­ing to the court pa­pers charg­ing him with com­mit­ting a sec­ond-de­gree as­sault on Krenik, and troop­ers Christo­pher Di­toto and Ryan Keane. Charg­ing pa­pers also al­lege that Swann de­stroyed the pas­sen­ger door to the po­lice car.

Swann be­gan yelling at Keane in front of the lobby doors to MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hospi­tal in Leonard­town, when the law of­fi­cer ar­rived there on a dis­or­derly-sub­ject com­plaint, court pa­pers state, and “pa­trons of the hospi­tal and hospi­tal se­cu­rity [were] ob­serv­ing Mr. Swann’s ac­tions” as he re­fused to leave, sat on the ground and said he wanted a ride home.

Swann even­tu­ally walked from the hospi­tal to the side of Route 5, where charg­ing pa­pers al­lege he be­gan yelling pro­fan­i­ties, un­til Keane and Di­toto took him into cus­tody.

Swann “pushed off [Trooper] Keane, and at­tempted to kiss [Trooper] Di­toto on the fore­head,” the charg­ing pa­pers al­lege. “He kicked [Trooper] Di­toto in the right shin and ... struck [Trooper] Di­toto with his knee while he was in the [cruiser’s] seat. From in­side the ve­hi­cle, he started kick­ing the door and head-butted the lap­top.”

Krenik wrote in the charg­ing pa­pers that amid Swann’s death threats, he spat “on my left arm, and be­gan to kick the pas­sen­ger door mul­ti­ple times.” A sher­iff’s deputy ar­rived in a car equipped with a rear cage to take Swann to jail.

Swann also was charged with dis­or­derly con­duct.


The cam­pus of MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hospi­tal in Leonard­town is the largest med­i­cal-care area in the county.

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