QA Press Release – Attempted Murder


The victim stated that while at 124 West Main Street she was physically assaulted by the male occupant (later identified as Craig Sudler Willis) a 46 year old make that lives at that address. Investigation revealed that the victim suffered a repeated physical assault for almost 2 hours before being able to leave that address and call 911.


Further investigation revealed that the suspect (Willis) threatened the victim with a firearm during that assault,  and subsequently discharged that firearm at or near the victim.  The victim was treated by EMS and taken to Chester River Hospital for assault-related injuries.  The victim was NOT hit by any projectile from the firearm. The suspect also caused extensive damages to the victim’s vehicle windows and exterior during this incident.


While deputies were conducting their investigation the suspect (Willis) attempted to leave his residence but was apprehended shortly thereafter and taken into custody without incident.  At approximately 1000 AM, deputies executed a search and seizure warrant at 124 West Main Street to obtain evidence and process the crime scene.


Willis was charged with the following:

  1. Attempted 1st degree murder
  2. Attempted 2nd degree murder
  3. 1st degree assault
  4. 2nd degree assault
  5. Reckless endangerment
  6. False Imprisonment
  7. Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony 8. Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person 9. Malicious destruction of property over $1000 value 10. Malicious destruction of property under $1,000 value


Craig Sudler Willis was later taken before a District Court Commissioner for his initial appearance on those charges.  He was held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center without bond.