Man Says He Hit Cabbie With Block

January 22, 1991|By Staff report

A 23-year-old Annapolis man yesterday admitted he used a concrete block to smash a female cab driver in the face in an attack last July in Annapolis.

Arthur Lee Brown, of the 100 block Obery Court, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder yesterday in county Circuit Court. The victim, Dana McKean, 21, of Annapolis, spent four days in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore after the July 21 attack.

Brown called the cab company at about 5 that morning and asked for a female cab driver to take his children to the Newtowne 20 housingdevelopment. When the cabbie arrived at an Annapolis hotel, he said the children would be remaining at the hotel and got into the taxi, Assistant State's Attorney Nancy Harford told the court. At one point during the ride, Brown unzipped his pants and exposed himself to the cab driver, Harford said.

Brown eventually directed the cabbie to a Hechinger's store near Route 2 and Forest Drive, but refused to payhis fare. Feeling threatened, the cab driver ran into a wooded area,but Brown caught up to her, threw her against a tree and repeatedly hit her in the face with a concrete block, Harford said.

Under theplea agreement, prosecutors will not ask for more than 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, when Brown is sentenced March 18.

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