Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Frederick police arrest suspect in assault

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A Frederick man is being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, charged with the assault of an 87-year-old woman on Magnolia Avenue earlier this month.

Michael A. McCoy is being held without bond on charges of first-degree assault in the case. According to court records, McCoy’s last known address was Madison Street in Frederick.

McCoy’s arrest comes three weeks after police put out a description of the suspect as a black male, nearly 6 feet tall in his 40s or 50s, believed to use a cane.

Sgt. Bruce DeGrange of the Frederick Police Department said Officer Jeff Gunder located a man fitting that description on South Street on Jan. 11. Gunder discovered that McCoy was wanted on a probation violation through the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and another out-of-state charge, DeGrange said.

He has been in custody at the detention center since, but was still interviewed by Frederick police regarding the Jan. 5 home invasion and assault on Magnolia Avenue.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At 12:52 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 200 block of Magnolia Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found an 87-year-old woman at a neighbor’s house.

The woman awoke to a loud noise in her home, and heard a suspect walking around inside. The suspect then forced the door to the woman’s bedroom open and demanded her purse. The suspect dragged the woman out of bed and down a set of stairs.

The victim suffered a broken wrist and two broken discs in her back, and was recently readmitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital. She has since been transferred to a rehabilitation center for her injuries, according to police.

DeGrange said police ‘‘developed new information” on Wednesday that led to a warrant charging McCoy in the case. He would not elaborate on what that evidence was, citing an ongoing investigation.

‘‘We thought [McCoy] was a viable suspect from the day we picked him up on the warrant violation on Jan. 11,” DeGrange said. ‘‘...We solidified what we already believed and wanted to be sure this was our guy. ... As best we know he is [the lone suspect].”

DeGrange said police have not seen or heard from a man only known as ‘‘Mike,” a frequent handyman in the Magnolia Avenue neighborhood, who was sought for information only.

McCoy appeared last night before a District Court Commissioner, and faces one count of first-degree assault. No burglary charges were levied against him.

Police Chief Kim C. Dine praised the work of his entire agency for bringing the case to a conclusion. ‘‘The folks in patrol, the criminal investigation division, our evidence and crime scene people all did an outstanding job and were relentless,” he said. ‘‘This was true teamwork.”