Man Stabs Woman At Tan Salon

Victim Lying In Booth Yells, 'God, Helpme'

April 04, 1991|By Kris Antonelli and Peter Hermann | Kris Antonelli and Peter Hermann,Staff writers

An Annapolis man paroled from prison in October has been charged with bursting into a tanning booth and repeatedly stabbing a 23-year-oldwoman with a butcher knife.

Police say a man walked into the Sun Seekers Tanning Salon through an open back door about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday and tried to open each of the nine tanning booths. He found the last booth unlocked, pulled up the top of the tanning bed and stabbed Michele McIntire, 23, of 2000 block of Jason Court in Crofton.

McIntire was listed in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore with stab wounds to her neck, arm and chest.

Police charged Ray McDonald Hoggard Jr., 24, of the 1200 block Washington Street in Annapolis, with assault with intent to murder.

Hoggard was in critical condition yesterday at Prince George's Hospital Center with a stab wound in his left arm. He was injured during the struggle with McIntire, said police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy.

In 1984, Hoggard pleaded guilty to breaking into a home, holding a woman at knifepoint and threatening to rape her, court records show. He was released on parole from the Maryland Correctional Institute in Hagerstown on Oct. 17 afterserving about five years of a 10-year sentence.

Tuesday's attack shocked employees of the salon -- in the 2200 block Johns Hopkins Road in Gambrills, near the Crofton line -- as well as those in neighboring businesses who ran into the salon after seeing several people chase a bleeding man.

"I asked her (McIntire) if she knew who it was,and she said no," said Gina Gallagher, who works at Snips, a hair salon next door to Sun Seekers in the Hopkins Place Shopping Center. "She said she thought it was a joke. The guy just lifted up the bed andstarted stabbing."

Marc Browne, a salon employee who was in a nearby booth, said he heard McIntire scream. "I heard a struggle," he said. "She said, 'God, help me, please help me.' "

Browne said he ran to the booth and saw McIntire covered with blood. "I have never seen anything like that before, and I never want to see anything like that again."

He and other employees chased the man out the salon andacross Route 3, Molloy said. At Shoreline Seafood, police said Hoggard turned and pointed the knife at Browne and others.

They flaggeddown two county police officers, who caught up with Hoggard in the parking lot of a go-kart track on the south side of Route 3.

"You don't expect it," said Marty Eison, vice president of Sun Seekers. "Itwas a totally random type of thing. We don't think there is a connection between him and her. He would have had no way of knowing which booth she was in. He tried all of them and hers was the only one unlocked."

The eight other booths were also occupied at the time.

Gallagher said McIntire was going into shock as they waited for police and paramedics to arrive.

"I kept thinking she was going to look down and see the condition she was in and freak out," she said. "I didn't know what to ask her. She really didn't move much of the time. I would ask her a question, and she just stared at me. I knew she was going into shock."

Court records show that Hoggard pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rape, burglary and carrying a concealed weapon after he broke into an Annapolis home on Jan. 1, 1984.

The records show that he threw a fire log through a window to enter the houseand held a woman there at knifepoint. After the woman's neck was cutduring a struggle, Hoggard left the house.

Circuit Judge James C.Cawood Jr. sentenced him to 20 years, but suspended it, giving him five years supervised probation. After violating probation in 1985, Hoggard was ordered to serve the full 20 years, records show.

In 1986, Cawood amended the sentence to 10 years, records show. After serving a little more than five years, he was paroled.

Leonard Sipes, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said Hoggard had been enrolled in an alcohol and drug recovery program sinceNovember and his urine tests were always negative.

March 27 was Hoggard's last contact with the program, and he saw his probation officer on March 11, Sipes said. He has been employed since his release from prison, but Sipes did not know where.

For his part, Eison saidhe will increase security at the salon by adding metal gate doors.

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