Injured man breaks into mayor's home Door glass broken by assault victim

October 01, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

An injured Finksburg man broke into the home of Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown early yesterday, knocked over furniture and dripped blood on the floor before city police found him in the house.

Police identified the man as James Edward Hutton, 48, of the 2400 block of Appaloosa Way. Mr. Hutton told police he had been pistol-whipped in an assault and robbery behind his mother's home next door. He was treated for a head wound and released from Carroll County General Hospital.

Mr. Hutton, whose mother, Shirley Hutton, lives at 59 Pennsylvania Ave. next to the mayor, told police he went to his mother's home about 3:30 a.m. and drove his car to the rear of the building.

As he got out of the car, he said, he was approached by two men, one of whom pointed a handgun at him.

Mr. Hutton told police that the gunman demanded his wallet and a struggle ensued. He said he was struck on the head with the gun and his wallet was stolen.

Mr. Hutton described his assailants as a white male and a black male, both 18 to 20 years old and wearing hooded sweat shirts. They fled after the robbery.

Mayor Brown, who lives at 55-57 Pennsylvania Ave., said yesterday that he and his wife "were awakened by the sound of breaking glass about 3:30 a.m. We heard furniture on the first floor being knocked over. I immediately called the police and they arrived very quickly.

"We went downstairs and found that the man had kicked in the glass on the kitchen door and went through every room on the first floor, . . . knocking over the furniture and dripping blood everywhere."

Mr. Brown then recognized the man as Mr. Hutton, the son of his neighbor.

Police apprehended Mr. Hutton in the mayor's house and initially thought he was a burglar. But they said later that they found blood behind his mother's home and other evidence to support his story, and were treating him as the victim of an assault and robbery.

No charges were filed against Mr. Hutton for entering the mayor's home.

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