Annapolis police charged two men — one of them the cousin of the capital city's mayor — with attempted murder in connection with a January shooting and robbery.
Police arrested Maurice Hall 26, and Savvas Andre Pantelides, 24, on Thursday.
Pantelides is a cousin of Mayor Mike Pantelides, according to Rhonda Wardlaw, the mayor's spokeswoman. Wardlaw said the mayor had no comment on the arrest.
Wardlaw also confirmed that acting city attorney Timothy Murnane was at the police station Thursday when Savvas Pantelides was there. "He wasn't representing the city," Wardlaw said. Murnane couldn't be reached Thursday night.
On Jan. 20, officers were called to 20 Silopanna Road where they found a Harwood man in the road, suffering gunshot wounds. The man said he was walking on a footbridge when two men came up to him, one pointing a gun and the other holding a knife. As the man fought his attackers, he heard a gunshot and felt pain in his arm.
The victim was shot multiple times and was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Four days later, he was arrested on drug charges.
Police did not say how they connected Hall and Pantelides to the shooting. They are each charged with attempted first- and attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a violent crime, armed robbery, robbery, reckless endangerment and theft of less than $1,000.
Savvas Pantelides was involved in a 2010 negligent manslaughter by vehicle case that stemmed from a fatal crash on Defense Highway in Crofton in 2009, according to court records and news reports. A 73-year-old man driving an antique car was killed and Pantelides was seriously injured in the crash. Pantelides entered an Alford plea, in which the does not admit guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
Pantelides also has convictions on his record for trespassing, assault of a law enforcement officer and making a false statement to an officer, according to online records.
Hall and Pantelides are being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis, police said. Police said that anyone with information about the case may contact Detective Michael Prout at 410-268-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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