Former boyfriend charged in Severna Park stabbing

December 21, 2003

A Severna Park woman was recovering yesterday and police charged a former boyfriend with breaking into her home on Friday, tying her up and stabbing her, police said.

Matthew Erisman was charged with assault with intent to kill, first- and second-degree assault, breaking and entering, and violating a protective order, said Capt. Athena M. Marpel of the Anne Arundel police.

Erisman broke into the victim's home while she was walking her dog, Marpel said.

When she returned, Erisman attacked her and tied her up, Marpel said.

"He had started to assault her while [she was] bound," Marpel said.

The woman was able to dial 911 but dropped the phone, Marpel said.

Police responded to the call at about 7:15 p.m. and forced their way into the home, she said.

When officers started to enter the basement, the suspect stabbed the victim in the chest, Marpel said.

The woman was listed in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday afternoon, Marpel said.

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