Jury Finds Glen Burnie Man Guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that a jury found Gerald Haigis, 47, of Glen Burnie guilty of attempted first degree murder, armed carjacking, armed robbery and first degree assault. The defendant will be sentenced on January 4, 2022 and the State is seeking 25 years of active incarceration.
“The defendant viciously attacked the victim and I am grateful that a jury held him accountable for his actions,” stated State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess.” Because the victim came forward and cooperated in this case, a violent individual will not be able to hurt others. I hope that the victim continues to receive the necessary resources and support to move forward from such a traumatic incident.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Carolynn Grammas prosecuted this case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.
On April 5, 2021, Anne Arundel County police officers responded to call of a carjacking in the area of Baymeadow Drive and E. Ordnance Road. Once on the scene, police officers located the victim sitting on the median strip of the road with blood in his hair and his arm was injured. The victim told police he was driving with a white male named ‘Jerry,’ who was later identified as the defendant, Gerald Haigis. Haigis and the victim picked up a female passenger and the three adults drove to Baltimore City to purchase drugs. The victim and the two passengers then headed back to Anne Arundel County and parked the vehicle in a parking lot located off E. Ordnance Road. There, the victim said that as he began to move in his seat, Haigis, who was seated behind, him placed something around his neck and attempted to strangle him. The victim said he fought the defendant off and attempted to back the vehicle out of the parking lot when the female, who was in the passenger seat, reached over, slammed the gear into park and turned the vehicle off by turning the keys into the ignition. As the victim started to flee the vehicle, the defendant got into the driver seat, drove toward the victim and struck him with the car. After being struck, the victim moved out of the roadway and hid under one of the trucks that was located in the parking lot.
During the investigation, surveillance cameras from local businesses showed the incident occurred as reported by the victim as well as several more details that happened during the attack. The cameras showed Haigis attempting to hit the victim with the car several times as well as the defendant getting out of the victim’s car, pointing a gun at his head, going through his pockets and taking the contents from his clothing before getting back into the stolen vehicle and fleeing the scene.
The Honorable Pamela Alban presided over the case.