Stevensville man charged with assaulting police officers
Troopers commended for their actions during arrest
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.