HOSTAGES SAFE Mark Anthony Buckler surrenders after standoff with police
LEONARDTOWN, MD – A man who kept police at bay with a gun and his family hostage in a barricade on December 28, 2022, finally surrendered to the Maryland State Police.
Shortly after 4 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department responded to 23839 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, Maryland, for a report of an assault in which the suspect fired a gun in the air.
The Maryland State Police say that the suspect, Mark Anthony Buckler, 40 (DOB 05/06/1982) was inside the home with his wife and three children. According to a preliminary investigation, police requested that Buckler exit the residence, but he refused and went back inside with the children. Buckler’s wife was able to exit the residence when the police arrived. Buckler surrendered peacefully at about 5:30 p.m. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Buckler was transported to the St. Mary’s County Jail, where he is awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. Following consultation with the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, Buckler was charged by Maryland State Police Trooper T. Eckrich with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and failure to comply with the provisions of a final extreme protective order. Troopers from the Criminal Enforcement Division – Southern Region will be conducting the investigation into this case.
Maryland Court records reveal that a bond hearing before a Judge will take place on December 29, 2022, after District Court Commissioner Lisa Ridge ordered Buckler held without bond. A hearing is set for January 24, 2023, in St. Mary’s District Court.
Charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle were brought in St. Mary’s District Court against Mark Anthony Buckler by Robert William Arnold Jr. on December 21, 2022, in a statement of charges. A preliminary hearing is set for February 17, 2022.
Buckler has a pending court date in Calvert County District Court on January 18, 2023 as a result of being arrested by Maryland State Trooper Koehler on November 20, 2022, at 12:15 am, as he operated a 1974 Chevy truck southbound on Maryland Rt. 4 at Cove Point Rd.
St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department Deputy Anthony Whipkey charged Buckler with the same offenses on November 9, 2022, as he reportedly was operating the same vehicle on Rt. 235 at Airport View Drive in Hollywood, Md. Buckler will meet a District Court Judge on January 27, 2023, to answer this charge.
Assault- On March 7, 2022, St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Matthew Beyer responded to the residence of Buckler on Pt. Lookout Road in Leonardtown for a reported assault. The St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department reports that their investigation determined Mark Anthony Buckler, 39, of Leonardtown, forcibly removed the victim’s cell phone from the victim’s hand, at which time an altercation began for the phone. During the altercation, the victim sustained a visible injury to the left side of the victim’s head. Buckler was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.
Court records show that on March 25, 2022, St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz dropped the second-degree assault charges in District Court with District Court Judge James Tanavage presiding.
Mark Anthony Buckler entered a guilty plea to DWI in St. Mary’s District Court following his arrest by Maryland State Trooper R. Rezza on January 20, 2008. In a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, Buckler was sentenced to thirty days in jail with all of the jail time suspended and a verdict of Probation Before Judgement.