A homeless man was arrested on assault charges Friday after Frederick police said he threatened three tow center employees with a machete at a homeless encampment in the city, according to court documents.
The tow center employees were in the encampment looking for several items that had been stolen from the business, Derek's Towing on East Church Street in Frederick, that they traced back to the encampment behind the business, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court. The men were confronted by the man, 24-year-old Julian Christian Harris, as they approached a camp where several of the missing items were found. While the men told Harris they weren't accusing him of stealing from the business, Harris became upset when the men tried to walk further into the camp. Harris then pulled a machete, chasing them away while threatening to kill them, the documents state.
None of the men were hurt and Harris was taken into custody a short time later, the documents state. He was carrying the machete, a fixed-blade knife and a hatchet when he was arrested on three counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as two misdemeanor counts of theft.
Harris remained held without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center after a hearing in district court Monday afternoon.