A Washington, D.C., man already being held on charges involving a gang shooting last month now has been charged with second-degree rape of a teen girl, according to Washington County District Court records.
Matthew Steven Gardner, 28, is being held on $150,000 bond on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, court records said.
Gardner already was being held on $75,000 bond since April 16 on a charge of having a handgun in a vehicle, court records said.
The new charges were filed after a woman took her daughter to the Hagerstown Police Department on April 20, the application for statement of charges said.
The girl told the officer she had been raped “somewhere on Jonathan Street” by a man she knew as Steve, who also used the street name “Caspar,” the charging document said. She also told the investigator that Steve was in the Washington County Detention Center, the document said.
The girl was uncertain of the date that the assault took place, other than it was between April 8 and 11 when she had run away from home, the charging document said.
The girl told police she had been at a residence in the Jonathan Street area and that she fell asleep after smoking marijuana, the charging document said. The man whom she called Steve woke her up and had sexual intercourse with her, the document said.
The girl picked Gardner’s picture from a photo lineup and identified the house, the charging document said.
When interviewed by police at the detention center, Gardner said the girl initiated the sexual contact and told him she was 17, the charging document said. He also said it happened at a different house, the document said.
Gardner, three other men and two juveniles allegedly associated with the Crips were arrested following shooting incidents on April 15 and 16 that Hagerstown police said was gang-related.
The first occurred at about 7 p.m. where a man believed to be associated with the Bloods gang exchange gunfire with a juvenile with the Crips, police said. An adult and juvenile received gunshot non-life-threatening wounds, police said.
About four hours later, about a dozen shots were fired at a Bethel Street home, police said.
Gardner and three others were later arrested in a traffic stop. Police said they found a handgun and shotgun in the vehicle.