Police Say Suspect In Shootings Was Object Of Numerous Complaints

April 28, 2009|By Jonathan Pitts | Jonathan Pitts,jonathan.pitts@baltsun.com

Harford County police said Monday that they had received numerous complaints from neighbors in the past two years about a 37-year-old man charged in a Sunday morning shooting rampage.

Police said Mark A. Snyder of the 800 block of Dellwood Drive, Fallston, fired a shotgun and a handgun at four northern Harford County homes, including the residence of his former employer. Snyder was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and other violations. No one was injured, police said.

Harford County District Judge Susan Hazlett ordered Snyder held without bail Monday.

She also postponed a trial scheduled for Tuesday in which Snyder faced malicious destruction charges in the vandalization of his former employer's trucks in February.

Sherry Testerman of the 1300 block of Heaps Road, Street, lives in one of the houses that was shot at Sunday. She said after Monday's bond hearing that Snyder had lived on Heaps Road until October.

The Harford County state's attorney's office confirmed that Testerman and her husband, Ronald Testerman, obtained a peace order against Snyder in June.

Sgt. David Betz, a Harford County sheriff's office spokesman, said officers had been called to deal with Snyder "repeatedly, all in harassment-type cases," since January 2007.

Police said Snyder is accused of firing shots about 2 a.m. Sunday at the home of Randall Lynn Ray in the 3800 block of Bay Road and then forcibly entering the residence and firing multiple shots into Ray's Mustang road racer. The Ray family was not home at the time.

Police said Ronald Testerman came over to investigate and saw Snyder leave the house. According to police reports, Snyder followed Testerman and fired shots into his house and at his vehicle.

Police allege that Snyder then drove to the Havre de Grace home of his former employer, John Crouse, owner of Crouse Construction Co. Inc., and fired 10 or 12 shots into the front of the house on Darlington Road as Crouse and his wife, Jeannette, hid in a bathroom.

Police said shots also were fired at the home of Gary Babb in the 1300 block of Heaps Road.

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