A Germantown teenager, facing life in prison after allegedly bringing a gun to a fight and shooting two or three rounds at a group of teens last Monday morning, has been released from police custody after posting bail.
Marvin Frazier, 15, of Germantown, is being charged as an adult with Attempted First Degree Murder and Assault in the First Degree. Yesterday, he appeared in District Court of Maryland in downtown Rockville for a bond hearing before Judge Barry A. Hamilton.
Judge Hamilton ordered Frazier, who appeared via video monitor from the Montgomery County Detention Center, to be held on $50,000 bail. Frazier was released on bond later Monday afternoon, however Judge Hamilton placed conditions on Frazier's release. The Judge ordered that Frazier must remain on strict “24/7 curfew” at his residence on Whitechurch Circle in Germantown and undergo mental fitness testing. Judge Hamilton also ordered that Frazier, whose nickname is “Squeak,” cannot have contact with the victims or the witnesses in this case.
Frazier’s arrest on Thursday, March 12, stems from an incident which occurred on the morning of March 9 at about 11:14 am when Montgomery County Police were called to the area of 19641 Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.
According to court documents, a witness “observed a black male point a handgun at a group of others and fire two or three shots.” After arriving on the scene, police were unable to locate any victims or evidence of a shooting. However, after canvasing the neighborhood, police were able to locate three residents who had also stated hearing two or three gunshots in the area, which is less than a block away from Seneca Valley High School.
As a result of this shooting, Seneca Valley High School went into “Shelter Procedure” for about an hour on Monday, March 9.
The charging documents indicate that police were able to piece together Frazier’s involvement in the shooting after the younger brother other the student Frazier was to fight was arrested on Tuesday, March 10 for possessing a knife on school property at Martin Luther King Middle School. The knife was discovered after a fight with Marvin Frazier’s younger brother. As a result of this incident, school security at MLKMS were concerned that something might happen at Seneca Valley High School because both of the students involved had older brothers attending the high school.
Court documents indicate that police learned that the boy had brought the knife to school for protection because “someone had shot at his brother” the day before.
The following morning, Derrick Gilliam, the Security Team Leader at Seneca Valley High School, made contact with the older brother of the student arrested at Martin Luther King Middle School. The older brother at first said everything was ok, and then about 20 minutes later he contacted SVHS security and saying that “he didn’t want to be in the school because it wasn’t safe. When asked to elaborate, [he] refused.” Gilliam then contacted Marvin Frazier to see if there was another side to this story and as they were walking from the classroom to the office Frazier fled out of the building and away from school property.
At this point, according to court documents, Montgomery County police were called to Seneca Valley High School. The school went into another “Shelter Procedure.” Police interviewed the brother of the student who brought the knife to MLKMS, and after a search, located another knife and the student was arrested for possessing a knife on school property, according to court documents.
According to court documents, investigators determined that the boy brought the knife to school “for protection because someone tried to shoot him on March 9.” He also told police that he and Frazier were “having a disagreement and were going to fight it out at a location off of school property,” said court documents. The boy told police that when he arrived at the location for the fight, “Frazier began shooting at him and his friends,” said court documents.
On Thursday, police were able to obtain messages from one of the boy’s mobile devices which further implicated Frazier in the shooting, and he was arrested at his residence later that morning.
Police continue to investigate but have not yet recovered the gun which Frazier allegedly fired. Frazier will have a court hearing on Friday, March 27, if convicted on all charges he could be sentenced to life in prison.