Columbia man charged with holding two acquaintances hostage at home

August 15, 1994

A Columbia man was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $100,000 bond Friday, charged with holding two acquaintances hostage Thursday.

Thomas Richard Catterton, 36, of the 9600 block of Lambeth Court was charged with reckless endangerment, assault with intent to murder and a handgun violation.

Howard County police responded to Mr. Catterton's address for a report of disorderly conduct around 9:45 p.m.

A man met them outside, appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and acting upset and hostile, police said.

After talking with the officers, police said the man went inside the residence, returned with a .357-caliber Magnum handgun and went back inside where one shot was fired into an unoccupied chair.

Police say the man then took two other men, Allan Charles Dressler, 30, also of Lambeth Court, and Evan James Rogers, 23, of the 8300 block of Reservoir Road in Fulton, as hostages.

The two hostages scuffled with Mr. Catterton and all three left the rear door of the residence where 10 police officers were waiting for them.

"They didn't want to be held hostage so they jumped outside into the waiting arms of police," said department spokesman Cpl. Kevin Costello. There were no injuries and no shots fired by police, he said.

Mr. Catterton was given an extra 120 days of jail time at the detention center for being held in contempt of court twice Friday, after he used profanity when addressing District Court Judge Louis Becker.

Mr. Dressler and Mr. Rogers, though temporarily held hostage by their acquaintance, were arrested on drug charges. They were both released on personal recognizance.

Police said they seized marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia from the residence.

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