A Hagerstown man charged in a stabbing late Sunday thought he would receive preferential treatment for being related to the bureau chief of the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.
That won’t be the case, the bureau chief said Monday.
Timajae Terelle Thomas, 18, was taken into custody at gunpoint at 12:28 a.m. Monday after a brief foot chase following a stabbing that occurred just before midnight Sunday in the 600 block of North Bentz Street, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.
As of Monday, Thomas remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, but Thomas told police he expected he would be “out in no time” because he was related to Lt. Col. William Delauter, the corrections bureau chief.
Delauter confirmed that Thomas was his wife’s grandson, but denied that Thomas would receive any different or preferential treatment as a result.
“The fact of the matter is [Thomas] is my stepgrandson, and that has no bearing whatsoever on how much time he will spend in jail,” Delauter said when reached for comment. “As far as I’m concerned, as of 4 o’clock this morning when he was brought in here, he is an inmate just like any other and he won’t be treated any differently than any other inmate.”
According to court documents, Thomas was fleeing in a gray 2015 Dodge Dart when the first city officer arrived. The officer was told by a witness that Thomas was involved in the stabbing.
The car was pulled over a short time later on Lord Nickens Street and the officer noticed both an open container of alcohol in the center console and a folding knife on the driver’s side floorboard when he approached Thomas to talk to him, the documents state.
The officer felt what he believed to be a second folding knife in Thomas’ left front pants pocket during a pat-down outside the car, but Thomas twisted out of the officer’s grip when the officer tried to place him in handcuffs and a foot chase began across North Market Street onto East Sixth Street, according to the documents.
A Frederick County sheriff’s deputy later detained Thomas at gunpoint after city police briefly lost sight of him during the chase and Thomas doubled back, heading west on West Seventh Street before he was ordered to the ground at gunpoint in Bruner Alley east of Frederick Memorial Hospital, the documents state.
By the time the first officer arrived to handcuff Thomas, the object he had felt in Thomas’ pants pocket was gone. Thomas later told the officer he did not know where the knife was dropped, the documents said.
After interviewing several eyewitnesses, police determined that an argument had started when Thomas was asked to leave an address on North Bentz Street by several people he knew. A fight broke out between Thomas and another man and, at some point, Thomas drew a knife and stabbed the other man in the lower left back, witnesses told police.
Thomas later admitted to stabbing the other man, but told police he was defending himself and did not intend to kill the other man, whose injuries were not deemed life-threatening and who also provided an account to police, the documents state.
Police charged Thomas, of the 100 block of North Mulberry Street, with first- and second-degree assault, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police on foot, according to online court records.
Thomas was scheduled to appear for a bail review hearing Tuesday afternoon before a Frederick County District Court judge, according to online court records.