Group home resident faces assault charge

Posted: September 6, 2013

The Winchester Star

Reginald C. Latson Jr.

WINCHESTER — A man staying at a Grafton group home in Frederick County has been arrested.

Reginald Cornelius Latson Jr., 21, was charged on Aug. 29 with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and attempting to commit a felony, according to the Winchester Police Department.

Latson was arrested at Winchester Medical Center when city police executed a warrant from Frederick County, according to Capt. John Heflin of the county Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest stems from an Aug. 15 incident in which the Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:53 a.m. from the group home where Latson was staying. The call was in reference to Latson, who was threatening to harm himself, Heflin said.

Grafton Integrated Health Network works to help individuals with various disabilities.

“When our officer arrived on the scene, our officer tried to communicate with the subject, and the subject assaulted our officer,” he said.

Latson assaulted the officer with his body and tried to take the officer’s weapon, Heflin said.

The officer wasn’t injured.

Latson was taken to WMC to be evaluated for mental health issues, Heflin said.

The Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for Latson’s arrest through Frederick County Circuit Court on Aug. 23, and city police arrested him last week.

Latson is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com