On May 3, 2022, around 2:32 PM, officers from the Frederick Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the area of the 1000 Block of Heather Ridge Drive for a reported firearm discharge. While officers responded, additional 911 calls were received about a vehicle crash in the area of Taney Avenue and Young place. Investigators located evidence at both locations connecting the incidents. No one was struck by the gunfire.
Through evidence and information obtained, officers positively identified Bennie Darnell Hampton, Jr. as the suspect. An application for charges was filed against Hampton on May 4, 2022, and an arrest warrant was issued. Hampton was apprehended with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service on June 1 in Gaithersburg. Hampton was charged with multiple handgun offenses, including being a felon in possession of a handgun, reckless endangerment, and having a loaded handgun on his person.
This incident remains an active investigation and detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Det. Radtke at 240-549-4579 or SRadtke@FrederickMDPolice.org. Callers may also remain anonymous and contact the Frederick Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS (8477).
The Frederick Police Department would like to thank the United States Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in this investigation and arrest.
This investigation was a coordinated effort between the Frederick Police Department, United States Marshals, and Montgomery County Police Department under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services provides grant funding and strategic support to MCIN member sites to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations through inter-agency collaboration and data sharing to make Maryland safer.
The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services funded this project under sub award number, MCIN-2021-0012. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any Maryland State office or agency.
Bennie Darnell Hampton, Jr.
13000 Block of Baltimore Ave.
Laurel, MD 20707
Incident Type: Firearms Discharge
Location: 1000 Heather Ridge Drive
Lead investigator: Det. Radtke
Author of release: PIO Allen Etzler