Woman attacked on Odenton street Estranged boyfriend slit his own throat, authorities say

June 24, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

As horrified neighbors watched, a man with a utility knife slit his estranged girlfriend's throat and then his own on a street in Odenton yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Carolyn Ann Brown, 47, of the 1200 block of Queen Anne Ave., was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Enoch Allen Brown, 39, of the 3700 block of 7th St. in Baltimore, was in good condition at Prince George's Hospital Center last night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Corporal Ron Hines, a county police spokesman, said the man had not been charged.

Hines said the couple argued at her house before 4 p.m. and that she ran out with Brown chasing her.

Hines said she had run about a half-block before the man caught her in the 500 block of Bruce Ave.

Shawn Greenway, 23, a neighbor, said he got to the scene about 3: 40 p.m. and saw a man with a knife lying on top of a woman in the street.

"She was screaming, 'Get off me! Get off me!' and she managed to grab the knife and threw it away," Greenway said. "We all tried to get the knife but he made it to the knife before we did."

Greenway said the woman ran toward a house, but the man grabbed her from behind.

"They fell to their knees and he had her from behind and slit her once across the throat and once down across her chest," Greenway said, using his finger to trace a line across his throat and then a longer diagonal across his chest. "Then he started slitting himself in his neck. He cut himself deep. He looked out of it, enraged."

Greenway and a cousin, John Purdham Jr., said the woman's dress was ripped to the waist and bloodied, and that she appeared to have a gash on her stomach. During the attack, they said, the man yelled several times to the group of about 10 neighbors, warning them to stay back. He asked them to call an ambulance.

Hines said Western District officers who arrived after the attack "saw the female lying on the ground. The female got up and ran toward the officer with the wound to her neck. There was no other wound. The male then sliced his own throat."

The man did not struggle as officers grabbed him and then the knife, Hines said. He said the injuries to the man and woman "don't appear to be life-threatening."

Nancy Wilson, the victim's mother, said she was not home when the incident occurred and did not know what the argument was about. She said the pair had been dating off and on, but she did not know for how long.

"He seemed to be a nice guy, but he's not a nice guy," she said, pacing her living room as she waited to hear from her husband, who was at the hospital with their daughter. "She told me she had broken up with him."

Wilson said Brown had called the house "80 times" Friday.

Residents of the normally quiet Odenton street gathered in their front yards yesterday to discuss the incident.

"This is not the kind of neighborhood that this happens in," said neighbor Michael Auberzinski. "But I still feel safe in this neighborhood. It's maybe 45 to 50 percent retirees."

Pub Date: 6/24/98

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