4 charged with assault with intent to murder

July 03, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police charged four men with assault with intent to murder Monday after detectives saw a man point a gun at another man's head during a possible drug transaction in Columbia.

Paul Tony Ashby, 33, of Washington was being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center after a bond review hearing yesterday. Charges against Ashby include using a handgun in the commission of a felony, robbery and battery, police said.

Three other men were charged with assault with intent to murder and robbery and were being jailed at the detention center.

According to a District Court commissioner, Leo William Madigan, 20, of Silver Spring was being held on $1 million bond, Ric Rashid Alston, 19, of Riverdale was being held on $100,000 bond and William Dexter Mercer, 31, of Washington was being held on $150,000 bond,

The victim, whose name police did not provide, also was struck with the weapon. He was treated for minor injuries at Howard County General Hospital and released, police said.

No charges were filed against the victim because no drugs were found, police said.

According to police, Howard County drug detectives following a tip about drug dealing were watching the five men at the Roy Rogers in Columbia's Wilde Lake village center at 4 p.m. Monday.

The meeting occurred inside a restroom and outside the fast-food restaurant, police said.

While the men were outside, police said, one of them pointed a 9 mm handgun at the victim's head. Officers rushed over and ordered the gunman to drop the weapon. When he complied, he and three men with him were arrested, police said.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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