Man charged in connection to 2017 incident at Somerset Co. Dept. of Social Services
A man is in custody after police say he threatened a Somerset County Department of Social Services employee last year.
The Princess Anne Police Department says on Saturday, 29-year-old Gregory Newman of Princess Anne, was arrested in connection with an incident that happened at the Somerset County Department of Social Services on November 21, 2017. Police say on that day, around 2:40 PM, they responded to the Mount Vernon Road location for a report of a man with a knife and the subject had threatened a female employee.
According to Somerset County District Court documents, the victim reported that she was having a conversation with a man in an interview room when he showed a knife. Authorities say staff identified Newman as the male subject attempting to receive services. Court documents show that after being advised that he would not be receiving services at that time due having a felony drug status and the process would take an extended amount of time, Newman was unhappy with the information and unfolded a knife in the presence of the female employee.
Law enforcement reports that the employee was only a few feet away from Newman and he could have easily reached her over the narrow table in the interview room.
Court records show that the victim immediately jumped back, backing into a rear corner of the room as Newman then wiped the blade of the knife on his pant leg several times. At that point, police say the 29-year-old made threatening statements to the victim stating that "they really need security to handle people like him."
According to the court documents, the conversation between the victim and Newman ended, and they exited the interview room. The victim reported that she was "certainly threatened by Newman's actions."
Newman was charged with assault first degree, assault second degree, reckless endangerment, and dangerous weapon/intent to injure.
He is currently being held at the Somerset County Detention Center.