3 arrested in effort to sever man's legs


May 09, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON

Three men were arrested by Harford County deputies yesterday and charged with attempted murder after an Abingdon woman's ex-boyfriend attacked her and attempted to sever the legs of a man staying in her home, the county sheriff's office said yesterday.

About 11:40 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office said, three men broke into a home in the 3100 block of Abingdon Road and started fighting with Marc Edward Travers, 23, and Melissa Lynn Lowery, 27. Travers said he had been cut, and Lowery ran outside calling for help.

When deputies arrived, they found Travers, of Havre de Grace, on his back and bleeding in the dining room - appearing as though his legs had been cut to the bone in attempt to sever them.

Travers was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while Lowery was treated for a swollen lip and nose at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Arrested at the scene was Richard C. Schofield Jr., 23, of the 2000 block of David Drive in Edgewood, who was identified by Lowery as her ex-boyfriend and one of the attackers, authorities said. According to the sheriff's report, Schofield, who had blood on his right hand and shirt, was wrestled to the ground by deputies.

Arrested separately yesterday were Charles Christopher Fruhling, 21, of the 1900 block of Chipper Drive in Edgewood and Matthew Dewight Tingler, 23, of the 300 block of Oakway Court in Joppa, authorities said.

Fruhling, Tingler and Schofield were charged with multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder, assault, burglary and reckless endangerment. They were being held at the Harford County Detention Center, the sheriff's office said.

Court records show multiple incidents of domestic violence involving Schofield and Lowery. The two were dating and broke up in late June or early July. Lowery has told police that Schofield has threatened her and others on multiple occasions, prompting her to move and change her phone number, according to records.

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