Wanted man attempts to stab himself during arrest

Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputy cut in hand

December 22, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A man wanted for alleged sex abuse of a minor and drug charges stabbed an Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputy in the hand who attempted to arrest him Wednesday, authorities said.

The Anne Arundel County sheriff's office said Richard G. Skipper of 200 Arrington Road in Queenstown became combative when Sgt. Chris Rhodes attempted to arrest him for three outstanding warrants.

Deputies believed Skipper was staying at a house on Quantico Road in Edgewater. Rhodes saw Skipper walk inside a Royal Farms Store on Londontowne Road and attempted to arrest him.

When Rhodes identified himself as a sheriff's deputy, deputies said Skipper became combative and the two fought. During the altercation, Skipper pulled out a knife and attempted to stab himself in the abdomen, but instead cut Rhodes' hand, deputies said. The fight then spilled out into the parking lot where Rhodes tased Skipper.

Skipper was taken to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.

Skipper was wanted on two counts of sex abuse of a minor and a third warrant for failing to appear in court for drug violations. He is now charged with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, openly carrying a knife with the intent to injure and resisting arrest.

This is the second time in the past three months deputies have used a taser on others.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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