Stevensville man charged with as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers

Troop­ers com­mended for their ac­tions dur­ing ar­rest

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STEVENSVILLE — Mary­land State Po­lice Lt. Tim McDon­ald, com­man­der of the Cen­tre­ville bar­racks, com­mended the ac­tions of two of his troop­ers last week when they were deal­ing with an ex­tremely ag­gres­sive man who al­legedly drove a ve­hi­cle at them be­fore as­sault­ing and threat­en­ing to kill them.

McDon­ald praised Tpr. M. House­man and Tpr. A.A. Bruzzese for their ac­tions Aug. 12 when they were dis­patched shortly af­ter 10 p.m. to the 200 block of State Street in Stevensville for a re­port of a dis­or­derly per­son, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Cody D. Holt­man, 28, who was threat­en­ing to kill his girl­friend. When the troop­ers ar­rived, Holt­man be­came very ag­gres­sive and im­me­di­ately be­gan scream­ing at the troop­ers, po­lice said.

Holt­man got into a pickup truck and ig­nored the troop­ers’ or­ders to get out. In­stead, he ac­cel­er­ated, driv­ing to­ward the troop­ers, who both had to jump out of the way to avoid be­ing hit. Holt­man got out of the truck and con­tin­ued to refuse the di­rec­tions of the troop­ers.

When Bruzzese at­tempted to ar­rest him, Holt­man be­gan hit­ting and kick­ing both troop­ers, po­lice said. A vi­o­lent strug­gle en­sued, and the troop­ers used muscling tech­niques and closed empty-hand strikes as they de­fended them­selves, McDon­ald said. They were able to hand­cuff the sus­pect, even though he con­tin­ued to re­sist. He threat­ened to kill the ar­rest­ing trooper and mem­bers of his fam­ily, po­lice said.

Both troop­ers sus­tained scratches, abra­sions and cuts. Bruzzese had bite marks on his arm, and his uni­form shirt was torn off. Both troop­ers were treated at the scene by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel.

Holt­man was treated for a con­tu­sion above his eye by EMS per­son­nel at the scene, but re­fused any fur­ther med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

“I com­mend Tpr. Bruzzese and Tpr. House­man for their coura­geous ac­tions while deal­ing with some­one who was threat­en­ing mur­der and, through a va­ri­ety of ways, at­tempted to se­ri­ously in­jure them,” McDon­ald said. “De­spite the threats and per­sonal as­saults, th­ese troop­ers used their train­ing to at­tempt to dif­fuse a sit­u­a­tion be­fore hav­ing to de­fend them­selves while ar­rest­ing an ag­gres­sive and men­ac­ing sus­pect.”

Holt­man was charged with two counts each of first-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault on a law en­force­ment officer, threat­en­ing in­jury to a state of­fi­cial, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty, fail­ure to obey a law­ful or­der, and one count each of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, re­sist­ing ar­rest, dis­or­derly con­duct and dis­turb­ing the peace.

He was re­leased Mon­day, Aug. 15, on $75,000 bond.

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