Man held in theft, attempted murder License tag stolen

witness is attacked CENTRAL --Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

September 09, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 23-year-old Baltimore County man was arrested yesterday and held on $150,000 bond yesterday on assault with intent to murder and other charges tied to the June 8 theft of a license tag from a car parked at Cranberry Mall.

John Miner, of the first block of Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon, was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of conspiring to assault with intent to murder, two theft counts and one battery count.

Cpl. Rick May, a Westminster police spokesman, said Mr. Miner had lived in Taneytown but could not be located when police went to his home there to arrest him this summer. It was unclear yesterday how police located the suspect.

A second suspect, Burton Archie Eyler Jr., 21, of Taneytown, was arrested in July and was released on bail July 7, according to Carroll District Court records.

Police reported that Mr. Miner and Mr. Eyler pulled onto the mall parking lot about 10:10 p.m. June 8 to steal a license tag that would enable them to drive an unlicensed car out of Westminster.

While they were removing a tag from a parked car, they were seen by George Edward Wilk 2nd, who asked them why they were removing the tag.

Mr. Miner turned and struck Mr. Wilk in the face, police said.

After the assault, Mr. Miner allegedly got into a van being driven by Mr. Eyler, and the van moved directly toward Mr. Wilk. The witness jumped out of the way to avoid being struck, police said.

As the van passed Mr. Wilk, Mr. Miner opened the door and struck the witness in the face with it, police said.

Mr. Wilk was treated at Carroll County General Hospital for aeye injury, police said.

A5 Mr. Miner was due for a bail review hearing today.

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