Woman stabbed and beaten at CCC annex

March 29, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 56-year-old Westminster woman remained in serious condition in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday evening after she was stabbed and beaten at the Carroll Community College annex early yesterday.

Police were looking for Charles Bernard "Slickduck" Thomas Jr., 48, who formerly lived at the same address as the woman, on Charles Street, in connection with the attack.

City police Lt. Dean Brewer said the victim, a custodial worker at the college annex in the 300 block of S. Center St., was found at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday by Wallace Brown Jr., an employee at the college, when he entered the building and heard the victim's cries for help.

The woman was was taken to the Carroll County General Hospital emergency room and later transferred to Shock Trauma.

Authorities said the victim was stabbed in the left chest, beaten about the face and head, and apparently kicked in one eye.

She was attacked at the end of a hallway near a stairwell leading to the lower level of the building, said Alan Shuman, the college's vice president of administration.

Police said Mr. Brown discovered a blood-stained carpet, blood on a radiator in the hallway, a 5-inch broken knife blade and the victim at the bottom of the steps.

The woman's 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was missing from the college parking lot, and investigators believe her assailant took it. Mr. Brown told police the car was on the lot when he arrived.

Police said they believe the as sailant went out another door of the building and fled in the victim's car as Mr. Brown entered.

Officers distributed a description of the wanted man and the victim's car to surrounding counties in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The car is black and has Maryland license tags 998 ACE, a "Treasure the Chesapeake" tag.

Police said they obtained information about the assailant from the victim while she was being treated by Westminster Fire Company medical personnel at the scene of the assault.

Police said Mr. Thomas and the woman were known to them from two other incidents this year.

On Jan. 27, the woman called police and said she had seen Mr. Thomas outside her home. But he fled before police arrived.

On Jan. 29, police interviewed the woman at Carroll County General Hospital while she was being treated for neck injuries. She told them she had thrown Mr. Thomas out of her home about four weeks earlier.

But she told police that she had found the man inher home Jan. 28 when she arrived there about 10 p.m. and that he had choked her into semi-consciousness, dragged her out of her house, put her into the rear seat of her auto and threatened her with a knife.

The victim said the man drove her to an unknown destination and attempted to rape her on the rear seat, then drove her to the home of a relative of his in Harrisburg, Pa., according to police.

She told police that she went into the house and asked people there for help but that no one would assist her. She said she called Harrisburg police when the man left the room, and he was arrested and held on $5,000 bail.

She said she drove her car back to Carroll County and went to the hospital. It there that she talked to Westminster police.

Mr. Thomas was returned to Carroll County, where he was charged March 17 with interstate kidnapping, assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and deadly weapons counts. He was held on $30,000 bail.

Carroll District Court records show that Mr. Thomas was released March 20 on $5,000 unsecured bond after a bail review hearing before Judge Donald M. Smith.

Lieutenant Brewer applied for a warrant yesterday to charge Mr. Thomas with attempted murder, two counts of maiming, stalking, a deadly weapon count, battery and theft of the victim's auto in connection with yesterday's attack.

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