Man charged in assault on his pregnant girlfriend Police say he also attacked her family

October 17, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Hampstead man accused of punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and beating her father and brother was being held yesterday in lieu of $10,000 bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

William W. Swartz, 26, of the 4300 block of White Oak Court was charged late Wednesday with four counts of assault and related charges after an argument at the home where they all live, according to court records.

Officer Phillip S. Kasten of Hampstead Police Department said in his written report that he arrived at White Oak Court about 9: 55 p.m. and heard a man yelling from inside a home, "I'm gonna kill you, old man."

Kasten said the front door was open and, before Jennifer M. Henneman, 23, ran outside holding her stomach and collapsed, he could see the woman's father, Harvey W. Perryman Jr., leaning against a wall inside the house and clutching his throat.

Kasten said he also saw Harvey W. Perryman III, the woman's brother, inside the house. He was bleeding from the nose and mouth. The officer said he ordered a man to come outside. He said the man kicked down the screen door, lunged at him and began struggling.

Kasten said he used a chemical spray during the scuffle but was unable to secure the 240-pound man in handcuffs until Tfc. Keith Goettner of the Maryland State Police arrived.

According to charging documents, Henneman said Swartz had come home from a local bar and began arguing. She said her father and brother tried to intervene, but were beaten up, the records show.

The younger Perryman told police he got a .22-caliber pistol and fired one shot into the air "to scare" Swartz, police said.

A gun and shell casing were recovered, Kasten said.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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