Man charged in assault on McDaniel student


September 02, 2006|By David P. Greisman

A Carroll County man suspected of assaulting and attempting to rob a McDaniel College student was charged yesterday, two days after being arrested in the theft of credit cards from a state Senate candidate, authorities said.

James L. Agans, 26, of the 1300 block of Redfield Drive, Sykesville, was charged with attempted robbery, attempted theft, conspiracy and assault in one of the two Monday night attacks on the students in Westminster, police said.

Authorities said an 18-year-old McDaniel student was approached about 11:30 p.m. Monday near West Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue by a man who attempted to steal his wallet. After a struggle, the student escaped uninjured, police said.

About half an hour later at West Main and Carroll streets, a 19-year-old McDaniel student was assaulted by a similarly described man, who wrapped his arms around her and attempted to strike her face, authorities said. She was not injured. Police said they do not have enough evidence to file charges in this case.

Agans was first arrested Wednesday in the theft of a purse and credit cards from the Westminster home of Michelle Jefferson, who is challenging incumbent state Sen. Larry E. Haines in Carroll's District 5 Republican primary, authorities said.

Police said Agans used the credit cards to buy $1,000 worth of gas, cigarettes and power tools, and was arrested at a Westminster convenience store.

Agans was charged with burglary, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and two drug-related charges after his arrest for the credit card theft, authorities said.

He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, and was awaiting a bail review last night on the assault charge.

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