Gang Member Arrested In Thurmont One Of Seven Indicted By Frederick County Grand Jury


Richard John Haslup


One is Thurmont man charged with weapons offenses.

Frederick, Md (KM) Seven indictments were returned on Friday by the Frederick County Grand Jury.

The panel charged Richard John Halsup, 31, with numerous weapons offenses, including illegal possession of a regulated firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. . “Unfortunately, he’s a convicted felon on multiple occasions. He’s on probation and has a protective orders. So obviously, possession of firearms is an illegal thing and that’s  why he was indicted,” says State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.

Halsup was arrested in late March following a search and seizure operation at his home on Catoctin Furnace Road.  Police say he is a member of a Maryland prison gang.

James Edward Maxwell, 36,  was indicted twice by the Grand Jury on armed robbery robbery, 2nd-degree assault, theft less than $100 and possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. “He’s tried to rob the WaWa back in March of this year, using a knife. He also tried to rob a cab driver, and then attempted to rob the Dutch’s Daughter restaurant here in town, again with a knife,” Smith says.

The robbery at Dutch’s Daughter was thwarted  when an employee sprayed Maxwell with bear repellent, police say.

Another indictment was returned against Cody William Grant, 32, of Frederick, whose charged with 1st-degree assault, two counts of 2nd-degree assault, reckless endangerment, violation of an ex parte/protective order and false imprisonment. Smith says it all started when Police were dispatched to the Motel Six on West Patrick Street in April for a domestic situation. “The victim was screaming ‘get off me, get off me.’ She was bleeding from her head to her face, crying hysterically. The defendant kept slamming her head into a ceramic toilet bowl. He strangled her. She lost consciousness. Obviously, a very, very serious domestic violence situation,” Smith says.

James MacDonald Caggiano, 58 of Rockville, was indicted on sex abuse of a minor, 3rd-degree sex offense, and sex abuse of a minor continuing course. “That was a situation where the victim was only eight years old,” says Smith. “So she had disclosed that he had been touching her vaginal area for quite some time. We did a controlled call and were able to prove this case. Just a terrible case; eight years old.”

The incidents took place between February 16th, 2019 to March 31st, 2020.

The other two indictments returned by the Grand Jury are:

*Anthony James Rummer, 30, of Cumberland, Md. whose charged with distribution, possession with intent to distribute fentanyll, and possession of paraphernalia (a spoon); possession of drug administration equipment (a needle)  for an incident which occurred on March 9th, 2020

*Dustin William Lloyd, 29, of Harpers Ferry, WV, whose charged with possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy with intent to distribute and possession of fentanyl;  possession of paraphernalia (cotton swabs and metallic spoons); and  possession of drug administration equipment (hypodermic syringes) for an incident which occurred on August 28th, 2019.

The indictments move these cases to Circuit Court where trial dates will be scheduled. The courts in Maryland are expected to resume jury trials in October.



By Kevin McManus