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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/12/2010

Howard County assault suspect sought

By Washington Post editors


Howard County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Gaithersburg man wanted for attempting to kill a female friend and are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his apprehension.

Police have a warrant for the arrest of Robert Lewis Thornton, 46, of Gaithersburg. Thornton faces attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, attempted carjacking, attempted armed robbery and reckless endangerment charges.

Authorities said that at about 11:14 p.m. Monday, police responded to the report of an assault on Brighton Dam Road in Fulton near the Howard County line.

Police believe Thornton and a female friend, a Howard County woman in her 40s
who is not being identified at this time, had an argument in a neighboring county.

As the victim left the area in her vehicle, the suspect followed her in his car. Police say the suspect, driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck, intentionally rear-ended
the woman, driving a Chrysler sedan, causing her to lose control of her car and pull onto the shoulder of Brighton Dam Road.

The suspect also lost control of his vehicle, striking a tree.

Police then believe the suspect chased the victim into a nearby wooded area, threatened her life and cut her in the neck with an unknown object. The suspect then fled on foot.

A passerby called police, and the victim was transported to the the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-STOP (7867). Callers may remain anonymous.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Tags:  Dodge Ram, Howard County, Howard County Maryland, Maryland  
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