CHESTER — Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a wanted fugitive near the Cross Island Trail Thursday afternoon, July 25, after reports that he had been seen in the area of the trail and Piney Creek Road North on a bicycle heading north.
Alex C. Finnerty 24, of Centreville had multiple active warrants for his arrest, including a second-degree escape charge, and was wanted for questioning in a motorcycle theft.
Deputy Benjamin Williams and Major Dwayne Boardman located Finnerty on the trail about 2:30 p.m. Williams identified himself as a law enforcement officer and ordered Finnerty to stop, but Finnerty turned and went the opposite direction, police said. Williams and Boardman gave chase. Finnerty dropped the bike and fled on foot toward the Four Seasons development off Castle Marina Road, police said.
Deputies chased him through the woods and out the other side toward a fence. During the chase, Boardman saw Finnerty had a knife in his hand, and they ordered him to put down the knife multiple times, police said, but Finnerty didn’t comply.
Williams used his Taser in attempt to subdue Finnerty, so they could arrest him, police said. Despite being tased, Finnerty became combative and resisted arrest, police said. During the struggle with deputies, he tried to take Williams’ gun, police said.
Dfc. Savanna Dickey, Dfc. Mark Shawkey and Cpl. Ryan Davidson responded to assist. Deputies were able to take Finnerty into custody and confiscated the knife, police said.
Finnerty was taken to the University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown for treatment of minor injuries, then taken to Centreville for processing.
Finnerty is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, possession of a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure, and possession of a concealed and dangerous weapon.
After a bail review Friday, Finnerty continues to be held without bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing for the case is set for Aug. 22 in Queen Anne’s County District Court.
Williams and Boardman sustained minor injuries during the pursuit and apprehension of Finnerty, according to the sheriff’s office. Both declined medical treatment.
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann praised cooperation between allied agencies.
“We all share a common goal to keep our community safe. With that being said, we understand that people in our community struggle and have challenges. My agency is compassionate for all affected families during this difficult situation,” he said.