Dice dispute leads to attempted murder charge

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

An Ellicott City man was charged with attempted murder Monday after shots were fired in a dispute during a dice game.

Jose Roberto Umanzor Escobar, 33, of the 8700 block of Town and Country Blvd., was ordered held at the Howard County Detention Center on $250,000 bond after a bond review hearing yesterday in Howard County District Court, a court commissioner said.

Charges against Escobar include assault with intent to commit murder, assault and handgun charges, police said.

The victim, Santos Granados, 27, of an unknown address, suffered no gunshot wounds in the incident, but received a minor injury to the head when he was struck with a gun handle, police said.

According to police, Escobar and Granados, 27, were rolling dice at Escobar's home at about 2: 30 a.m. when they started arguing.

Granados told police that two shots were fired at him from a .32-caliber handgun. The bullets missed him, but he was struck in the head with the weapon, police said.

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