Thursday, June 16, 2016

Salisbury Man Sentenced to 18 Years



State of Maryland v. Philip Daniel Thomas K-16-031


On June, 15, 2016, Philip Daniel Thomas, age 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, was found guilty by a jury of kidnapping and assaulting a woman he met for a date on the evening of December 19, 2015. After the trial, a circuit court judge sentenced Thomas to eighteen (18) years in the custody of the Division of Corrections.


On December 19, 2015, just after midnight, officers from the Maryland State Police stopped the defendant for performing an illegal U-turn on Nanticoke Road after the defendant’s vehicle nearly collided with the officer’s patrol car. The troopers believed Thomas to be operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol, so he was asked to perform field sobriety tests. During the course of the field sobriety tests, a female wearing tattered and blood-stained clothing limped towards the officer’s flashing police lights. 


The investigation revealed that after their date had concluded, Thomas forced the 33 year-old victim into the car he was driving.  He then detained the victim against her will inside the vehicle by driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Nanticoke Road toward Bivalve. The victim’s emotional testimony at trial detailed her horrifying ride on Nanticoke Road as the defendant threatened that he was going to kill the victim and hide her body. The victim, facing a desperate decision, jumped from the moving vehicle which was travelling at approximately 50 m.p.h. in order to escape her kidnapper. 


After she jumped from the vehicle, Thomas made the erratic and illegal U-turn which caught the attention of the Maryland State Police trooper travelling north on Nanticoke Road toward Salisbury.  


State’s Attorney, Matthew A. Maciarello, commends the Maryland State Police including Trooper Travis Workman (the astute Trooper who made the traffic stop) and Trooper William Shelter who assisted the victim once she was discovered.  Maciarello commented: “This case is a prime example of how traffic enforcement often leads to the apprehension of violent felons.  In this case, an astute Maryland State Trooper surely saved a life.  I am so thankful for their continued service to our community.”  


This case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Richard Brueckner.  



Matthew A. Maciarello

State's Attorney

Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office


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