A gunman approached an undercover Baltimore police detective outside a Cherry Hill convenience store on Tuesday night, brandished a gun and threw the officer to the ground before jumping into his unmarked police cruiser and to flee with two accomplices, newly filed court cases on the carjacking show.
Trevon Gardner, 23, was later identified as the attacker, according to police. He and a teenage suspect were arrested shortly after the group destroyed the stolen car in a rollover accident in Port Covington. The third suspect is still at large.
Gardner’s charging documents reveal new details about the brazen act of violence that comes amid a continued spike in carjackings, both in Baltimore and other major cities.
Documents identify the officer as Detective Aaron Cain, who fired his weapon during the encounter. Police said the two suspects in custody were unharmed in the gunfire and suffered only minor injuries in the crash. Cain was also not injured, officials said.
Investigating the incident, detectives obtained surveillance footage from the 7-Eleven store which showed Gardner and two others approaching Cain as the officer walked to his parked black Ford Fusion and opened the side door. passenger, according to charging documents.
Gardner pulled a suspected handgun from his belt and “punched Det. Cain in the upper body towards the head, causing Det. Cain falls to the ground,” police wrote in their report. Gardner then stood over the officer and “continued to assault him possibly kicking and punching Det. Cain.”
Police say Gardner also appeared to have taken something from Cain. The officer wore a polo shirt with the department logo and had his badge clearly displayed, officials said.
Meanwhile, the two accomplices got into the unmarked police car, one in the driver’s seat and the other in the back, according to the documents. Gardner then climbed into the passenger seat, police said.
As the suspects sped away toward the Hanover Street Bridge, Cain got up from the ground and fired his gun at the fleeing car, the documents say.
The incident unfolded around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Hanover Street outside a small commercial area near Middle Branch Park and MedStar Harbor Hospital — just around the corner from the office of the Southern District of the Baltimore Police Department. The mall includes a 7-Eleven, drug rehabilitation center, check-cashing store, and meat and seafood market. It sits where Hanover and Potee streets converge before the bridge from Cherry Hill to Port Covington.
Minutes after fleeing the scene, the stolen vehicle landed upside down after a rollover accident near the entrance to Nick’s Fish House on Cromwell Street.
Gardner and the teenager, whom police did not name, were arrested after fleeing the scene on foot – and attempting to disguise themselves as employees of the popular seafood restaurant.
Police say the two suspects came across “a small building where Nick’s restaurant keeps his dining supplies and clothing,” the documents say. Gardner donned a waiter’s apron, which he was wearing when police arrested him shortly afterwards.
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Along with the discarded clothing, police found a 9mm handgun next to the crashed police cruiser, according to the charging documents. The weapon was loaded, but “appeared to have a mechanical malfunction where one or more cartridges prevented the weapon slide from closing and seating an actual cartridge,” police wrote.
Officials previously said detectives believe the gun misfired.
After a bail review hearing Thursday morning, Baltimore District Court Judge Geoffrey Hengerer ordered Gardner be held without bail, saying his release would pose an extreme danger to the community.
In brief remarks explaining his decision, Hengerer called the charges “extremely serious and brazen.” Even though the victim was not a police officer, the judge said, the allegations raise significant public safety concerns.
Hengerer read aloud from police reports, noting that Gardner is accused of punching the victim and taking her car keys before fleeing the scene and later “attempting to blend in while wearing catering supplies”.
Hengerer also said the issue of whether the gun misfired — or possibly was damaged in the crash, rendering it unusable after the carjacking — should be addressed as the case moves to trial. .
Gardner has no criminal record, said Mary Patton, an attorney appointed to represent him through the Office of the Public Defender. He was living with his parents in Reisterstown, completing an apprenticeship program to become an electrician, working toward his GED and helping support his two young children, she said.