Westminster man, 22, faces charge of attempted murder

June 19, 1994|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,Sun Staff Writer

A Westminster man could be arrested as early as tomorrow on a charge of attempted first-degree murder stemming from the Jan. 21 beating of a 7-Eleven clerk in Taylorsville.

State police filed documents in Carroll County District Court on Friday alleging that Michael Walter Jones, 22, beat the clerk, Linda Sue Thompson, with the wooden handle of a shovel during a holdup at the convenience store at the corner of Routes 27 and 26.

Mr. Jones, who is in an unspecified jail on an unrelated theft charge, is also charged with battery, robbery and assault with intent to maim in the Jan. 21 incident.

A warrant for Mr. Jones was issued Friday. State police Cpl. Douglas R. Wehland said an arrest would come this week, probably tomorrow.

He declined to comment further, saying the investigation has not been completed.

According to the court documents filed by Corporal Wehland, a man drove up to the store at 2:40 a.m. Jan. 21 and asked Ms. Thompson for a pack of cigarettes. As the clerk served him, the man struck Ms. Thompson on the right side of her head.

She fell to the floor and "played dead," according to the documents. The man removed the cash register, which contained $200, and fled.

Ms. Thompson suffered a laceration and other head injuries.

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