A Washington, D.C., man who, according to police, tried to steal three dirt bikes in Olney with two of his friends is standing trial this week.
Michael D. Woods, 23, of Ely Place, faces multiple counts of first-degree assault and firearm-related charges.
The events took place Aug. 29, 2012, in Olney, near Prince Phillip Drive, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Doug Wink told the jury. He is trying the case with Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Nee.
Nick Brewton and two friends heard noise outside of the house they were in and noticed their three dirt bikes missing. They ran outside the house and saw three people running toward Montgomery County General Hospital, Wink told the jury.
The victims confronted Woods and his accomplices, who couldn’t get the bikes to work, Wink told the jury. The three would-be thieves dropped the bikes and fled into the woods nearby but returned after Brewton and his friends began pushing the bikes back toward the house, Wink said.
In court, Brewton said that he started dragging one of the bikes back toward his house.
Woods came up behind him, he said, pointing an old, black, scratched revolver at his face.
“I was scared,” he told Nee.
Woods said, “It’s mine,” and shot the gun between Brewton and one of his friends, he said.
“I dropped the bike and stood there,” he said.
The three fled into the woods as police arrived, Wink said in court. K-9 units and a Maryland State Police helicopter assisted in the search for the men, according to a police report.
An officer with a K-9 unit caught Woods after he tried to run away. In the process, the officer found a handgun, Wink said.
Police arrested all three men that evening.
Enoch Nelson, 18, of an unconfirmed address and Junious Pierae Plummer, 24, of the 500 block of Foxhall Place Southeast in Washington, D.C., will both be tried in May.
Nelson is charged with armed robbery and Plummer is charged with armed robbery and assault, according to court records.
“It is a miscarriage of justice to charge my client with having that firearm,” said Ronald Gottlieb, Woods’ public defender.
He said Woods was not the one who shot the gun.
“The details are foggy, like that night,” he said, adding that the victims had said the man with the gun had dreads, Gottlieb said.
“They all had dreads,” he said.
Gottlieb also said police did not do a latent print analysis of the handgun, the bag it was found in or of the ammunition.
“We wouldn’t be standing here if they did those tests,” he said.