Few clues in Catonsville slashing

November 24, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

Baltimore County police yesterday said they do not know why an unknown man walked up behind a woman in line at a Catonsville liquor store and slit her throat in a fatal attack Saturday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Aysha Dawn Ring, 24, of the first block of Chadnor Court, which is in a town house development west of Security Square Mall.

About 4 p.m., Ring was waiting at the cash register inside Charing Cross Liquors, in the 5200 block of Baltimore National Pike, when a man approached her from behind, police said.

The man grabbed her and cut her neck with an edged instrument, possibly a knife, and then turned and fled from the store, police said.

Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Baltimore County police, said the attack was caught on the store's video surveillance system, and detectives hoped to be able to release images of the assailant soon.

He said that some witnesses inside the store fled before they could be questioned by police.

"What the police know, tragically, is very little," Toohey said. The detectives have "very little to go on," he added.

Toohey said detectives do not think the perpetrator said anything to Ring before he attacked her. He said detectives are checking to see if she had any history of domestic abuse problems, but a motive in the attack had not emerged.

"Everybody was shocked," Toohey said about the people who witnessed the attack.

According to electronic court records, the sole criminal charge against Ring stemmed from an incident on New Year's Eve last year, when she was charged with alcohol-related offenses and second-degree assault.

She pleaded guilty to one alcohol-related charge and to the assault charge, paid court fees and a fine, and served an unspecified period of unsupervised probation, according to court records.

Relatives of Ring could not be located for comment. The liquor store was closed today and its owner could not be reached.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020.

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