A Washington County SWAT team has arrested a fifth man believed to be involved in the June 20 shootout near West Seventh Street in Frederick, the Frederick Police Department announced Wednesday.
Police arrested Richard Lee Thomas, 21, of the 5600 block of Glenrock Drive in Frederick, shortly before 11:25 p.m. Tuesday after the Frederick Police Department learned that Thomas might be staying at a house in the 1100 block of Salem Avenue in Hagerstown. After confirming Thomas’ location, officers from the Frederick and Hagerstown police departments wrote a joint search and seizure warrant, according to the release. The Washington County SWAT team arrested Thomas and two other people with open arrest warrants in a sweep of the home in question.
“[Thomas] was hiding in the attic of the home, he was actually hiding in the insulation in the attic, with two other individuals,” Frederick County Assistant State’s Attorney Will Prunka said at a bail review hearing Wednesday afternoon in Frederick County District Court.
As of Wednesday afternoon, detectives did not believe any of the other people arrested with Thomas were involved in last week’s shooting, but detectives were looking into all possibilities, said Sgt. Andrew Alcorn, the supervisor of the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. Several guns were also found in a search of the house, but it was not certain if any of them were used in the shooting in Frederick.
“They’re going to have to be taken to the lab for testing. ... Some of the caliber guns that we recovered were similar calibers to some of the shell casings that were found at the scene, but we need to wait for the test results to be sure,” Alcorn said.
Thomas was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center a short time after his arrest and appeared in a video conference call before Judge Eric Schaffer for a bail hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Arguing that Thomas was a threat to the community and should not be granted bail, Prunka outlined the evidence police collected from the shooting, including surveillance footage taken from businesses that shows Thomas firing a handgun at another group of young men in the Frederick Shopping Center at 1305 W. Seventh St.
“There is no better way to describe this than it was a shootout in broad daylight,” Prunka told Schaffer.
Assistant Public Defender Laura Garcia asked the judge to consider revising Thomas’ bail to $10,000, of which Thomas could post a percentage to secure his release. Despite Garcia’s points that Thomas lives and works in Frederick, giving him strong ties to the area, Schaffer ultimately ordered Thomas to remain jailed without bail.
Thomas was the fifth person arrested in connection with the shootout, which left one man wounded and several vehicles damaged by bullets. The other four young men are:
- Dyshez Montel Williams, 22, of Frederick — charged with first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and possession of ecstasy.
- Robert Antoine Shirley, 19, of Frederick — charged with first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
- Kion B. Parker, 16, of Frederick — charged as an adult with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
- Curtis Byon Smith, 17, of Frederick — charged as an adult with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
Frederick police are still attempting to identify two more people involved in the shootout, according to the press release.
Anyone with information about the shootout is asked to contact Detective Matt Irons at 240-674-8942. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the department by voice mail at 301-600-TIPS (8477), by text message at 240-674-TIPS (8477) or by email at email@example.com.