A District Court judge on temporary assignment to Anne Arundel County while facing a possible suspension denied a request by a Glen Burnie man for a protective order because he feared his neighbor wanted to kill him.
Two months later Tyrique Hudson, 22, was shot to death in the stairwell of his apartment building, and police arrested the man he said threatened to kill him.
Anne Arundel County police found Hudson dead with gunshot wounds Monday morning in the Colonial Square Apartments.
James Allan Verombeck, 53, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, using a firearm in a felony violent crime and reckless endangerment, electronic court records show. He was ordered held without bond Tuesday.
Police arrested Verombeck Monday night after a 10-hour standoff outside his apartment, where the armed man barricaded himself. After negotiators failed to convince Verombeck to surrender, officers with the Special Operations Response Team went inside and took him into custody.
Hudson’s death follows by two months a decision by District Court Judge Devy Patterson Russell to deny his request for a protective order that would have required Verombeck to keep a distance.
Russell is on temporary assignment in Anne Arundel County as the Maryland Court of Appeals — Maryland’s highest court — decides whether to accept a recommendation that she be suspended for actions while working in the District Court in Baltimore.
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities suggested Russell be suspended for six months, saying she violated state law and failed to keep up with administrative work. She also screamed at fellow judges, pushed a courthouse staffer and neglected more than 100 search warrants, the Baltimore Sun reported.
In his petition for a protective order, Hudson wrote that Verombeck harassed, stalked and threatened him with violence.
Hudson wrote that after he took the trash out Feb. 16 and was walking up the stairwell, Verombeck said “you knew this day was coming” before giving him a “death gesture” by sliding his thumb across his throat.
Hudson wrote that he called 911 and that a police officer responded and gathered information.
A temporary court order issued on Feb. 16 prohibited Verombeck from abusing or contacting Hudson. The temporary order was nullified three days later when Russell denied the request for a protective order, saying Hudson “could not meet the burden of proof.”
Nadine Maeser, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary, said the Court of Appeals will decide whether to suspend Russell by Aug. 31.
“Judge Russell is still serving in her capacity as a judge, but she has been temporarily relocated pending a decision by the Court of Appeals,” Maeser said. “The Judiciary has no further comment.”
Verombeck is employed as a grounds worker at the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Maintenance Division, schools spokesman Bob Mosier said.
“Those employees do not interact with students and under no circumstances would have unsupervised contact with students,” Mosier said. “He has been placed on leave at this time.”
During his bail hearing in Glen Burnie Tuesday, Verombeck appeared disoriented on a video link from the county detention center, looking around and at points leaning back in his chair.
No attorney is listed as representing him, court records show.
When asked about getting a defense attorney, Vermobeck asked to talk to his family.
According to electronic court records, Verombeck was arrested in 2010 for violating a protective order. Online court records do not show who filed the order. The charges were indefinitely postponed and Verombeck was released from custody the same day he was arrested, court records detail.
A protective order was issued against Verombeck in 2009 in a case labeled domestic violence, court records show.
Verombeck was arrested in 1996 on charges of reckless endangerment, concealing a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct in a public place and having an unregistered rifle or shotgun, online court records detail.
Three of the charges in 1996 were dropped, but Verombeck was found guilty of possessing an unregistered rifle or shotgun.
Officers responded about 7 a.m. Monday to the Colonial Square Apartment complex after reports that a man was shooting a shotgun inside, police wrote in charging documents. It wasn’t until about 5 p.m. that police arrested Verombeck.
The 10-hour standoff was so lengthy because officers had to consider the safety of residents of the apartment complex, officers and Verombeck, police said.
Witnesses told police they called tried to check on Hudson in the stairwell after hearing the shooting and saw a man later identified as Verombeck point a shotgun and say “you’re next,” charging documents show.
Witnesses identified Verombeck from a photo lineup, charging documents detail.
Staff Writer Naomi Harris contributed to this story