Va. man arrested in North Laurel stabbing

Victim was also run over

listed in serious condition

April 26, 2003|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Howard County police arrested a Virginia man yesterday after he was accused of stabbing and then running over an Elkridge woman with his vehicle on Route 216 in North Laurel.

Jerome Rogers Clark, 29, of Woodbridge, Va., was taken into custody last night, said Cpl. Lisa Myers, a police spokeswoman.

April Maria Sprouse, 25, was in serious condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

She sustained a collapsed lung and several broken bones in addition to her stab wounds, according to police.

Police said a motorist flagged down a patrol officer about 5 a.m. yesterday and directed the officer to Sprouse, who was lying in the median strip.

Sprouse told the officer she had been stabbed and run over by an acquaintance.

She was flown to Shock Trauma, where Sprouse told detectives that she and Clark drove to her workplace, Allstate Insurance in the 11800 block of Scaggsville Road in Fulton, about 2 a.m.

The two used drugs, Sprouse said.

When Clark made unwanted sexual advances, she asked him to drive her home, she said.

Sprouse told police that Clark stabbed her with a sharp object as he drove.

According to police, she jumped from the moving vehicle onto Route 216 near Interstate 95 and then Clark turned the car around and ran over her.

A patrol officer was sent to the Allstate office, where he found Clark and arrested him, police said.

Damage on his vehicle, a dark green Saab sedan, matched evidence left at the scene, including a broken turn signal casing, police said.

Police said it was unclear yesterday whether Sprouse or Clark would face drug charges.

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