Man arrested in Jessup on assault charges


A 51-year-old man was arrested on assault and attempted sex offense charges after he was accused of approaching a group of children in a Jessup trailer park while armed with a knife and making a sexually suggestive statement, Howard County police said.

Horace Bryan of no fixed address was arrested at the Aladdin Village mobile home park Wednesday night but was not taken before a court commissioner until yesterday, police said.

A group of four boys and girls ages 5 to 10 were playing in a common area at the park when a man walked up about 9 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He was holding a knife and made a sexual reference, said Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

At some point, the man reached toward a 6-year-old boy and touched him in the area of his pants pocket, Llewellyn said. He also offered the children beer, she said. The children ran off and told their parents, who notified police, she said.

Officers stopped Bryan on Washington Boulevard, police said. He matched the children's description and appeared to be drunk, police said.

Bryan was being held overnight on no bond, according to a district court commissioner.

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