Frederick police arrested a man Monday in connection with a nonfatal shooting that officers responded to in January, according to a department press release.
Carlos Antonio Sanchez, 30, of the first block of South Pendleton Court in Frederick, was charged with first- and second-degree assault as well as reckless endangerment after a shooting that took place at his address in the early hours of Jan. 19, according to the documents. Detectives learned of the shooting at 2 a.m. that day when they were called to Frederick Health Hospital to meet with several people who had arrived with a woman receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the head.
The victim was suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of her head just above her eyebrow and, due to her serious condition, was unable to talk with investigators, but police did speak to several members of the household, including Sanchez, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.
Sanchez told police he had come home to find the woman had been shot, but other accounts from different members of the household seemed to contradict his version of events. Sanchez was also wearing nightclothes, indicating he had time to change clothes, the documents state.
The injured woman was eventually taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and, after she had begun to recover, told police that she had found a gun in Sanchez’s belongings sometime before the shooting and had confronted him about it, but did not recall how she was shot. The woman said Sanchez came home and woke her, but she was unable to recall further details, according to the documents.
The home on Pendleton Court was secured and a search warrant was served to gain more evidence, including a handgun found in a trash can in one of the bedrooms. Based on the evidence, detectives applied for an arrest warrant for Sanchez, the release states.
Sanchez was arrested Monday, the same day the warrant was issued, and remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center as of Tuesday, according to online court records.
At a bail review hearing Tuesday before Frederick County District Judge Dino E. Flores Jr., Sanchez’s defense attorney, Jonathan Bloom, asked the judge to consider allowing Sanchez to post bail to secure his release. Bloom argued that Sanchez’s strong ties to the community and his many family members in the area would be sufficient to ensure he did not pose a flight risk.
Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca Clinton offered a different perspective, telling Flores that Sanchez already had a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed on him and calling Flores’ attention to what she called the serious and violent crime.
“[The injured woman] was only very recently released last week from a medical facility receiving treatment for the gunshot wound to her head,” Clinton said, saying the woman was afraid of Sanchez and had recently been granted a protective order against him.
While Bloom argued that the ICE detainer was filed with the intention of keeping Sanchez in the community, saying it would likely serve as further insurance against his client attempting to flee, Flores indicated he agreed with Clinton.
“I find that Mr. Sanchez is a danger to the community and especially the victim in this case,” Flores said, ordering that Sanchez remain held without bail pending a preliminary hearing that will be scheduled in the next 30 days.