Assault victim had restraining order against ex-husband

Carroll man accused of striking ex-wife with claw end of hammer

January 03, 2003|By Sheridan Lyons and Ellie Baublitz | Sheridan Lyons and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County man accused of using the claw end of a hammer to critically injure his ex-wife had been under court order to stay away from the woman last month, records show.

Anthony Thomas Hughes Sr., who was to be returned last night from West Virginia to face attempted murder charges in the New Year's Eve attack, was the subject of a temporary protective order after his ex-wife complained to court officials that he had broken into her home and had threatened to shoot her, according to the records.

Hughes, 37, had warned that his ex-wife Ellen M. Redifer's "days are numbered," Redifer wrote in an application for a restraining order filed Dec. 13 in Carroll County Circuit Court. She did not appear for a Dec. 20 hearing to determine whether the temporary order should be extended, court records show.

Redifer, 39, who was hit in the face and neck, remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Hughes also is accused of trying to run Redifer over with a car, and of using a hammer to strike a man who tried to intercede in the altercation, which took place outside Redifer's Westminster-area home, police said.

Hughes was arrested in Martinsburg, W.Va., early Wednesday. Police had been told that he has a cousin and friends there, Sgt. Andrew G. Winner of the state police Westminster barracks said yesterday.

State police were to return Hughes to Maryland last night, Winner said.

Hughes is accused of breaking into his ex-wife's house in a duplex in the 1400 block of Pleasant Valley Road on Tuesday evening and chasing Redifer, their 17-year-old daughter and the daughter's boyfriend out of the home, police said. Redifer was hit with the claw end of a hammer, suffering injuries to her nose, neck and shoulder, police said.

John P. Glover, who lives in the other half of the duplex, dashed from his home to help Redifer, according to his wife, Kimberly Glover. Attempts to reach John Glover for comment were unsuccessful. But Kimberly Glover, who said she called 911, said she saw her husband punch Hughes to try to force him away from Redifer.

John Glover, who was struck in the side with the hammer and was cut in the back of his head with a razor knife, "truly was heroic," said Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the state police Westminster barracks.

"He didn't think. He reacted immediately," Katz said.

Kimberly Glover said she saw Hughes drive from a nearby parking lot with his headlights off. Authorities said he is accused of trying to run over Redifer, her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend and John Glover with the car.

Glover was treated for minor injuries at Carroll County General Hospital and released. The daughter and her boyfriend were not injured.

Hughes then apparently went to West Virginia, where he was arrested about 4 a.m. Wednesday. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, burglary, reckless endangerment, weapons violations and destruction of property, police said.

Redifer, who was a waitress at a Bob Evans restaurant in Westminster before transferring to the chain's new location in Eldersburg, had been divorced from Hughes since 1992, according to court records.

Hughes served about seven years in prison, starting in 1993, for burglary, court records show.

Although they were divorced, Redifer and Hughes were living together as recently as last year, according to court records. In July, "there was a physical confrontation," according to the court papers filed last month by Redifer. She wrote that he subsequently entered her home twice without permission and threatened to shoot her and himself.

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