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Judge orders five Harford men to be held in jail without bail

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Four Harford County men and one Pennsylvania man were ordered Monday by Harford County District Court Judge John Dunnigan to be held without bail for alleged crimes ranging from threatening a spouse to burglary and drug possession.

Shaun Grazuties, 34, of the 200 block of Olney Road in Dallastown, Pa., was accused of threatening his wife Friday and threatening to kill himself or attempt "suicide by cop," according to court records.

Grazuties is separated from his wife, who has a protection order against him. A police officer believed Grazuties had bought an illegal gun with the intention of killing his wife and then himself, according to the charging documents.

After he was released on bond Thursday, Grazuties allegedly contacted a Baltimore City police officer and told him he was going to get a gun and hurt someone, according to the charging documents.

Police determined Grazuties, who is prohibited from having a firearm because of his criminal history, allegedly illegally purchased a gun in Baltimore.

An acquaintance also told police Grazuties was recently charged with stalking his wife and was "very depressed and angry" about the charges.

The acquaintance said while Grazuties was at her home, he showed her a handgun and threatened to harm her if she tried to take it from him. Police said the handgun was listed as stolen through North East, Cecil County.

Grazuties was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, illegally buying a firearm and having a handgun on his person.

Also held without bail is Denny Maples, 53, of the 1200 block of Brass Mill Road in Belcamp, who is accused of strangling a 40-year-old woman in a domestic incident in the 600 block of Old Robin Hood Road.

In the Sunday incident, police said they found Maples lying in the street and a neighbor who got involved in the struggle lying in a ditch next to the road, according to the statement of charges.

The female victim claimed Maples had been drinking, became angry and allegedly punched her in the face several times, according to the charging documents.

She also told police Maples allegedly had tried to strangle her, although she did not lose consciousness. She had gotten a baseball bat and told him to leave the property.

The woman said she had temporarily allowed Maples to stay with her because he had been kicked out his halfway house.

Another neighbor said when he ultimately came to the house, Maples was allegedly hitting the woman in the stomach while she was pushed up against the house, according to charging documents.

Another man in the house who tried to intervene in the fight was found with facial bleeding and back trauma, and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital for treatment. The female victim refused medical treatment.

Maples has a history of being homeless and unemployed, an assistant state's attorney told Dunnigan.

Maples is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.

James Greene, 51, of the 1300 block of Cooptown Road in Forest Hill, is held without bail on charges with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment after he allegedly held his girlfriend against her will and assaulted her.

On Dec. 29, Greene allegedly choked her and told her he was going to kill her during an altercation, according to charging documents.

He allegedly put a knife to her neck and threatened to stab her, according to the charges.

Jordan Bailey, 20, whose address was listed as the detention center, was charged with second-degree burglary, theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and vandalism after he allegedly damaged and burglarized River City Tire, on Old Philadelphia Road in Aberdeen.

Bailey allegedly broke into a vending machine and safe in the business, according to charging documents.

"It was learned that Bailey was a suspect in multiple commercial and residential burglaries in the Harford County area," according to charging documents. "Bailey is known to be homeless and is currently incarcerated."

Chester Sylvester, 44, of the 1200 block of Abinjud Drive in Abingdon, was charged Dec. 21 with having marijuana and a smoking device in his car as well as driving with a suspended license.

An assistant state's attorney noted he had 26 prior arrests or convictions and failed to appear in court seven tunes. Dunnigan then ordered him to also be held without bail and to fast-track his case.

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