ELKTON — A man charged in a triple-shooting that occurred in an Elkton neighborhood earlier this month now has a new criminal case against him, after he allegedly beat a Cecil County Detention Center inmate during an ambush attack, according to Cecil County District Court records.
The suspect – Nakeere Anthony Sayers, 20, of Newark, Del. — is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree assault inside a Department of Corrections facility in his latest criminal case, court records show.
A surveillance camera videotaped the attack, which occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on May 19 inside a booking area cell occupied by Sayers and the alleged victim, Hunter Dakota Gatewood, a 25-year-old Cecilton resident who has been held without bond since a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested him near Elkton on May 18 and filed numerous drug charges against him, police reported.
At first, the video shows Gatewood resting on his mat on an elevated bed and Sayers standing near the cell door, looking out the window, police said. Then the footage shows Sayers rush toward Gatewood, who appears to be blindsided by the attack, police added.
“According to the video camera system, (Sayers) suddenly turned around and ran across the cell to where (Gatewood) was laying. (Gatewood) was laying in such a way where his back was turned toward (Sayers) and (Gatewood) had his blankets pulled all the way up over his head,” court records allege.
Sayers allegedly yanked the mat off of the bed, causing Gatewood to fall to the cell floor with it, police reported.
“(Sayers) began to violently strike (Gatewood) in the head and shoulder area with both hands, appearing to use closed fists. (Gatewood) was able to stand up and back away from (Sayers) as (Sayers) continued swinging his fists . . . (Gatewood) did strike back at (Sayers) in an effort to defend himself, but it did not appear to (the investigator) that (Gatewood) made any contact with (Sayers) with these swings,” according to charging documents.
CCSO Deputy Kyle Davis investigated the incident, which did not result in serious injury to Gatewood and Sayers, police said. Sayers and Gatewood “refused to cooperate” when Davis tried to interview them about the incident, police added.
Davis issued a criminal summons to Sayers, who has been held without bond since his May 11 arrest in connection with a triple-shooting that occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. that day at a townhouse in the 100 block of Huntsman Drive, police reported. The triple-shooting led to two multi-hour barricade situations in the nearby Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood.
During that incident, some of which was videotaped by a home security camera, a 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his back; a 6-year-old boy suffered a bullet wound to his knee; and a 31-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to her foot, according to police.
One of five suspects arrested in connection with that triple-shooting, Sayers is the only one in that group who wasn’t charged with attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Sayers is facing 12 charges in that criminal case, including several counts of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment and mirroring conspiracy offenses, court records show.
Arrested amid the barricade situations on May 11 and charged with three counts each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and other offenses are Sayers’ co-defendants — Robert Eugene Hammond IV, 23; his mother, Crystal Louise Hammond, 43; and his brother, Cody Allen Hammond, 18, according to court records. They, too, are held without bond, court records show.
Sayers’ remaining co-defendant, Jason Tyler “TY” Holland, 25, of the unit block of Cedar Hill Circle near North East, also is facing three counts each of attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder – as are the three Hammond family members – in addition to eight other offenses, court records show.
Escorted by an attorney, Holland surrendered himself at the Elkton Police Department headquarters on May 13, after spending two days on the lam, according to court records. Holland also is held without bond, court records show.