Eas­ton man fac­ing charges in Way­lands shoot­ing case

Robert E. Neu has been charged with two counts each of at­tempted first­de­gree mur­der, at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, first-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment.

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By KAYLA RI­VAS kri­vas@star­dem.com

— An Eas­ton man has been charged with at­tempted mur­der, as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm and more in con­nec­tion with a re­ported shoot­ing in­ci­dent on Tues­day, June 5, in the Way­lands neigh­bor­hood off Dover Road.

Robert E. Neu, 57, of Unit 703 at 8186 June Way has been charged with 14 of­fenses. Ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ment, Cpl. G.T. Lar­ri­more Jr. and other Eas­ton po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded about 12:30 p.m. Tues­day to Neu’s home af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of shots fired.

Michael Mat­tox told po­lice he was at Unit 704, 8186 June Way to do con­struc­tion work on that unit, charg­ing pa­pers state.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing pa­pers, Mat­tox was sit­ting in the driver’s seat of his Chevro­let pickup truck, and Ja­son Pol­lard was sit­ting in a ve­hi­cle next to him.

A man later iden­ti­fied as Neu ap­proached the truck and used a cord­less drill to drill a hole in the front driver’s side tire, leav­ing the tire flat, charg­ing pa­pers state.

Mat­tox got out of the truck to con­front Neu but was met with three rounds of fire from a black hand­gun Neu had pulled from his waist­band, charg­ing pa­pers state.

Mat­tox and Pol­lard fled the scene, es­cap­ing into a wooded area, and then called po­lice.

Of­fi­cers sur­rounded Neu’s res­i­dence, and af­ter sev­eral failed at­tempts to talk Neu out of the res­i­dence, SWAT of­fi­cers en­tered and ap­pre­hended him, charg­ing pa­pers state.

Of­fi­cers saw sev­eral boxes of am­mu­ni­tion in the open through­out the apart­ment and a hand­gun ly­ing next to Neu, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing pa­pers.

Three shell cas­ings were re­cov­ered from the ground in front of Mat­tox’s truck, and three pro­jec­tiles were re­cov­ered from in­side and un­der the ve­hi­cle. The dam­age to Mat­tox’s ve­hi­cle ap­peared to be val­ued at more than $1,500, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing pa­pers.

Neu has been charged with two counts each of at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der, at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, first-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. He also was charged with ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty value over $1,500, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun and two counts of us­ing a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a crime of vi­o­lence.

Ac­cord­ing to on­line records, Neu is be­ing held with­out bond at the Tal­bot County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. A bail review hear­ing has been sched­uled for Mon­day, June 11, in Tal­bot County District Court. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing there has been set for June 27.

Robert E. Neu of Eas­ton faces 14 charges, in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der, in con­nec­tion with a re­ported shoot­ing in­ci­dent on Tues­day, June 5, in the Way­lands neigh­bor­hood.

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