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Hampstead man arrested after allegedly committing home invasion days after released from jail

A Hampstead man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly committed a home invasion six days after being released from jail.

Eric Robert Giffi, 39, of the 300 block of Blue Grass Lane, was charged with 13 counts including one of each home invasion, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and robbery. He was held without bail, which remained the same after a bail review before Judge Brian Green, according to electronic court files. In deciding his bail, Green noted that Giffi, in the past, failed to appear for court and was dangerous, according to court files.

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On June 29, a Maryland State Police trooper spoke with a man at a residence on Old Taneytown Road in Westminster about Giffi because Giffi was not allowed to be at the residence, according to a statement of charges.

The trooper noted that the man had a cut on his head, his left eyebrow was swollen and there was blood on his lip. The man told the trooper that he was in the shower when he heard a loud bang. He went to see where the sound had come from and saw Giffi taking his power tools, according to the statement.

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The man told the trooper he confronted Giffi, and Giffi shoved him. An unknown person then tackled the man causing him to hit his head against a rock. The person also put him in a chokehold causing him to nearly lose consciousness, according to the statement.

Giffi continued to take the man's items while the other person held the man in a chokehold, according to the statement. The total confirmed value of the stolen items was $420.

A woman told the trooper Giffi and the other person had parked in her driveway. When they saw her watching them, Giffi told her to shut up and go inside, she told the trooper. The woman called 911 after receiving a text from the man asking her to call the police, according to the statement.

Giffi had been released from the Carroll County Detention Center on June 23. He had been held without bail since June 8 due to another incident in which he was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and burglary. He had a bail review on June 23 and his bail was changed $2,500, according to electronic court records.

Giffi is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 9.

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