No Charges To Be Filed Following Death Outside Of Bar In Frederick County

Investigators found no evidence for a criminal warrant.


Frederick, Md (KM) The investigation into the death of Robert Alan Swann, 45, of Woodsboro has been completed, and no charges will be filed. . That’s according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

On November 2nd, 2018, deputies were dispatched to Cactus Flats at 10026 Hansonville Road for a fight in progress. Upon arrival, they found Swann unresponsive in the parking lot. CPR was administered. Medics arriving at the scene pronounced Swann dead.

In their investigation, detectives learned that Swann had been inside the bar, and was told leave because he was heavily intoxicated and was arguing with patrons. After he was escorted out, he continued arguing with patrons, and pulled a knife. Swann, who no longer had the knife, was escorted to the northern parking lot.  The investigation  says he attempted to get back into the establishment, but was prevented by patrons.

A second fight occurred, detectives say, and Swann and another patron ended up on the ground. None of those patrons were involved in any fights that evening.

Swann’s girlfriend, who was with him at the time, was told by patrons to get their vehicle so she could take him away from the bar. She was gone for about one minute to get the vehicle, the investigation says. When she returned,   Swann was on the ground, and unresponsive. One patron began CPR until deputies arrived on the scene, and took over.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death a homicide. An autopsy revealed Swann sustained heavy blunt force injuries, but none were life threatening or contributed to his death. The Medical Examiner says Swann suffered from hyperintensive cardiovascular disease, which was complicated by the physical restraint and the altercations, which resulted in a medical emergency during the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office investigation.

After consultation with the State’s Attorney’s Office, it was determined that no evidence existed to warrant criminal charges, and the Sheriff’s Office says the case is closed.


By Kevin McManus