When he was first arrested for shooting ducks with red paintballs in Hagerstown’s City Park, he told police his name was Jerome Larry Davis. But in court Wednesday, the 18-year-old defendant admitted he’d used an alias.
He told District Judge R. Noel Spence that his real name is Nathaniel Herring. He said he lives in Capitol Heights, Md., where he cares for his grandmother, The Herald Mail of Hagerstown, Md., reported.
“You weren’t taking care of your grandmother when you were up here allegedly inflicting pain on a duck, were you?” Spence asked.
Herring fired paintballs early on the morning of July 30 at several ducks as well as concession stand windows, police said. He is charged with inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal and trespassing.
Herring failed to appear for a court hearing Oct. 6 and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, The Herald Mail reported.
Herring told Spence he had no criminal convictions but he acknowledged he does have pending charges.
“My mom pressed charges on me for assault,” he said, according to The Herald Mail.
Court documents showed a woman filed a second-degree assault complaint against Herring in March.
Spence reduced Herring’s bail from $10,000 to $7,500. Herring is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 27.