Man charged in assault on estranged wife

February 27, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A Columbia man charged with forcing his way into his estranged wife's home Saturday and binding her and shocking her with a stun gun was captured in a motel room in Anne Arundel County Sunday morning, Howard County police said.

Brian Keith Sutherland, 39, of the 6700 block of Second Morning Court in Columbia's Owen Brown village was charged with assault, burglary, false imprisonment, possession of an electronic weapon, maiming and mayhem.

He was released from the Howard County Detention Center on $50,000 bond after a bail review hearing in Howard County District Court yesterday morning, according to police documents.

The victim, Margaret Sutherland of the 6500 block of Quiet Hours in Owen Brown village, suffered bruises from shocks to her hands, wrists, neck, legs and torso, police said.

The incident -- during which police were summoned to the victim's door by an anonymous caller but left when no one answered -- remains under investigation.

Police said the couple, who have a young daughter, had been separated since November and were preparing to divorce.

Saturday evening, police said, the suspect called Ms. Sutherland from his home, where he had their daughter for the weekend, and said the girl was sick and needed medication.

As Mrs. Sutherland left her house with the medicine, she was forced back inside, police said. She then was repeatedly attacked with a stun gun and, after a struggle, her mouth was taped shut and her hands and ankles bound with plastic wrap, police said.

About 8:30 p.m., police got an anonymous call about trouble at the house. An officer who responded received no answer after knocking and left the scene, police said.

The woman was freed by about 11 p.m., gathered some items and left, police said.

Mr. Sutherland was arrested by Howard and Anne Arundel County police about noon Sunday at the Knights Inn on Maryland Route 198.

Police log

Owen Brown: 8800 block of Stanford Blvd.: A green 1994 Ford Explorer was stolen Thursday or Friday, police said.

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