Man accused of pointing gun at teen-age daughter's head; Assault charges are filed; judge sets $200,000 bail


An Eldersburg man was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bond yesterday on charges of putting a pistol to his 16-year-old daughter's head and pulling the trigger six times.

The man, who is not being named to protect the privacy of the girl, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and with using a handgun in committing a felony.

According to court records, the man was angry because of a $300 phone bill and confronted his daughter about it. She told police that before she could explain, he went upstairs and got a gun. He was arrested late Wednesday.

The man refused to sign any documents for a District Court commissioner, saying that he was not the man being charged, according to court records.

At a bail review yesterday, District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones repeatedly asked the defendant to provide his given name, but he kept saying, "Do you want a fictional name, or a real-life, flesh and blood name?"

When Ellinghaus-Jones said the man's name and asked him to confirm that was his real name, the man would only say, "I do not understand what this is about. I am not the person."

After trying to convince the man that providing his name and address would not adversely affect him, Ellinghaus-Jones asked if he wanted to postpone the hearing until he could speak with a lawyer.

The man said again that he did not understand, that he was not the person named on the court documents.

Natasha Byus, an assistant state's attorney, asked the judge to set a high bail because of the serious allegations and because the man had been uncooperative with police and in court.

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