Two women ar­rested for as­sault

Vic­tims nearly struck by car

Maryland Independent - - News - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

Two Wal­dorf women were ar­rested in the early hours of Sun­day af­ter al­legedly crash­ing into a woman’s car and at­tack­ing her and mem­bers of her fam­ily af­ter­wards.

Ta­jae Shane John­son, 22, was charged with first-de­gree as­sault and three counts of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault as well as driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol, court records show.

Tye­sha Lakrese Thomas, 23, was charged with two counts of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and two counts of at­tempted first-de­gree as­sault af­ter she re­port­edly drove to­wards the vic­tims, who had to jump out of the way of the car to avoid be­ing struck.

On April 3 around 1:24 a.m., the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to a re­ported as­sault in progress in the 4300 block of Ea­gle Court in Wal­dorf.

Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers spoke with the vic­tims who told them how the in­ci­dent un­folded.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim’s mother, her daugh­ter called to tell her she was be­ing fol­lowed by John­son and Thomas as she drove to­ward the house on Ea­gle Court. She was scared that they were go­ing to at­tack her.

At one point in the chase, John­son “drove around her and stopped in front of her,” in an at­tempt to block her es­cape, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. When the vic­tim tried to ma­neu­ver around the car, John­son al­legedly re­versed the car, strik­ing the vic­tim’s driver side and do­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the ve­hi­cle.

The vic­tim’s fam­ily told police they heard a loud crash at about this time.

When the vic­tim got to her home on Ea­gle Court, she “had to get out of the pas­sen­ger side of the car [be­cause the driver’s side was dam­aged], and Ta­jae John­son ran up to her and started hit­ting her in the face and pulling her hair,” police records state.

John­son also al­legedly hit mem­bers of the vic­tim’s fam­ily as they tried to break up the fight.

Mean­while, Thomas, who was ini­tially in the pas­sen­ger seat, re­port­edly hopped into the driver seat, revved the en­gine and quickly ac­cel­er­ated for­ward, nearly hit­ting mul­ti­ple vic­tims who jumped out of the way to avoid be­ing hit, charg­ing doc­u­ments show.

John­son and Thomas were ar­rested and taken to the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, where they un­der­went an al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion test. John­son’s re­sults in­di­cated she was over the le­gal limit with a re­ported BAC of .10.

The mo­tive be­hind the as­sault was over a boy the vic­tim and Thomas had been ar­gu­ing over, a fam­ily mem­ber told police.

John­son and Thomas have since been re­leased on bond, per court records, and now await a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

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