Howard police seek Gaithersburg man accused of attempted murder

A woman was assaulted after her car was forced off the road

May 12, 2010|By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

A 46-year-old Gaithersburg man accused of attacking a woman in woods near the Howard County-Montgomery County border is being sought by police.

Howard County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Robert Lewis Thornton of the 1200 block of Knoll Mist Lane on charges of first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree attempted assault and attempted carjacking.

The incident occurred Monday night, before police were called about 11:15 p.m. to Brighton Dam Road in Fulton. Police believe that Thornton and a woman in her 40s from Howard County got into an argument. As the woman left the area in a Chrysler sedan, police believe, Thornton followed her in a Dodge Ram pickup truck.

According to police, Thornton rear-ended the woman's car, causing her to lose control and pull over on the shoulder of Brighton Dam Road. Police believe that Thornton, after crashing his truck into a tree, chased the woman into a nearby wooded area and made threats on her life, then cut her with an unknown object.

Thornton fled, and the woman flagged down a passing motorist for help. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated and released.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Thornton's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-STOP.

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