Charges dismissed against transient caught with large knife, drugs and other people’s credit cards

YORK – Arraignment proceedings were scheduled in York County District Court this week regarding a transient who was caught with a large knife, drugs and other people’s credit cards; instead, the case was dismissed upon a motion made by the prosecution.

According to court documents, an officer with the York Police Department saw a man riding a scooter on the shoulder of Highway 81 in the interchange area. The man, identified as Rocky Maes, had a very large knife on his hip.

The officer asked Maes if he was a convicted felon and Maes told the officer he was, according to court documents.

Because he is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing such an item which is considered a deadly weapon.

The officer detained the man.

A search of his person revealed “he had a glass pipe, containing methamphetamine. Also, in his wallet, were two financial transaction devices belonging to a woman.” The officer alleged Maes gave conflicting responses when it came to why he was possessing these financial transaction devices.

The officer also discovered Maes has numerous prior felony convictions including: two felony burglaries, unlawful manufacture/delivery of a Schedule 1 or 2 substance, aggravated felony burglary with a weapon, felony simple blackmail/threatening injury, felony unlawful possession of a  Schedule 1 or 2 drug over weight. All of these felony convictions were in Wyoming, where he is known as a multi-source offender. The officer also noted he has numerous prior misdemeanor assault and probation/parole violation convictions.

He was initially charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, a Class 3 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; criminal possession of a financial transaction device, a Class 3 misdemeanor; and being a habitual criminal.

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