Detention Center inmate charged after allegedly writing letter asking friend to ‘take care of’ witness

Andrew M. Miceli (Courtesy of Carroll County Sheriff's Office)
Andrew M. Miceli (Courtesy of Carroll County Sheriff's Office) (HANDOUT)

An inmate at Carroll County Detention Center who allegedly wrote to a friend asking him to keep a witness from testifying has been charged with four counts related to inhibiting testimony, according to court documents.

Andrew M. Miceli, 19, formerly of Upperco, was charged Aug. 1 and held without bond, online court documents show.


According to the statement of charges, while Miceli was in jail in May he wrote a letter, which was returned to the sender due to an incorrect address and then opened by an officer at the detention center. The returned letter was opened for “security reasons,” according to the statement.

Miceli wrote, “First is first, [name redacted], take care of him before I have court and make sure he doesn’t testify. I may be able to beat this case and come home, especially if he doesn’t show and testify,” according to the statement.

The person Miceli wanted a friend “to take care of” had gone to Westminster Police on May 8 to report Miceli for allegedly robbing him, the statement reads.

The letter never reached the intended recipient, so Miceli’s request was never carried out, the statement reads.

Miceli was charged May 8 for robbery, second-degree assault, and theft between $100 and $1,500, according to online court documents. Miceli was released from jail May 29, court documents show.

According to the application for the statement of charges, Miceli contacted the victim via Snapchat on May 8 and asked if he “wanted to smoke some weed.” The two met in Westminster and the victim got into a vehicle with Miceli, who then punched and kicked him in the face and put him in a headlock, the statement reads. Another male opened the vehicle’s door and Miceli told him to take everything from the victim’s pocket, according to the statement. The victim identified the man as Nathen Ferguson, the statement reads.

Ferguson, 19, of the 1800 block of Sams Creek Road in Westminster, was charged May 8 with robbery, theft and second-degree assault, according to online court documents. He was released on $5,000 bail May 9, court documents show.

Ferguson took the victim’s belt, two cellphones, and two pocket knives, valued at about $335 total, the statement reads. Miceli then allegedly kicked the victim out of the vehicle and it drove away, steered by an unknown male.

A court date for Ferguson is scheduled for Sept. 6. No phone number was available for Ferguson in online court records.

Ferguson’s attorney, Ryan Dymek of Columbia, said in a phone interview Tuesday, “We hope that his case will be resolved soon.”

Miceli’s public defender could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In a separate case, Miceli was indicted in July for alleged robbery and assault in Woodbine. In that one, he and a Mount Airy man face 13 charges each for allegedly invading a Woodbine home and assaulting a minor in November.