Man ar­rested for at­tempted mur­der

Re­port­edly stabbed woman out­side Wal­dorf apart­ment

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A man was ar­rested early last week af­ter al­legedly try­ing to stab a woman out­side a Wal­dorf apart­ment com­plex, court records in­di­cate. While the vic­tim man­aged to stop him from stab­bing her in the chest, she suf­fered a stab wound to her arm and “de­fen­sive cuts” on her hands and was taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal.

Charged with at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der, Mau­rice An­to­nio Thorndyke, 44, of Washington, D.C.,

re­mains in cus­tody af­ter bond was set at $500,000.

Around 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to an apart­ment com­plex lo­cated in the 2100 block of Crain High­way in Wal­dorf for a re­ported stab­bing. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed the vic­tim and sev­eral wit­nesses who told po­lice that Thorndyke had run into the woods af­ter be­ing chased away by a by­stander.

The vic­tim said that when she ex­ited her apart­ment, Thorndyke, with whom she had pre­vi­ously been in a re­la­tion­ship, was stand­ing out­side, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. He then al­legedly grabbed her by her hair and at­tempted to stab her mul­ti­ple times in the chest, telling her that he was go­ing to kill her. She was able to grab his wrist to pre­vent him from stab­bing her in the chest, but he was able to cut her arm.

A wit­ness said he saw the vic­tim hold­ing the knife back with both her hands as she yelled for help, court records state. The wit­ness told po­lice that he and his wife moved to­ward them, but Thorndyke started to run away and was chased by another man who had run to help the vic­tim. The man who chased Thorndyke told po­lice that when he caught up to him, Thorndyke re­port­edly turned around bran­dish­ing a red blade, which he be­lieved was a “sawz-all” blade, be­fore he con­tin­ued into a wooded area.

Po­lice be­gan track­ing Thorndyke with a K9 as of­fi­cers formed a perime­ter, and soon he was ap­pre­hended with­out in­ci­dent af­ter an of­fi­cer saw him emerge from the woods near a dairy farm on Mat­ta­woman Drive.

Prior to the in­ci­dent, Thorndyke had an un­served pro­tec­tive or­der against him, and is al­leged to have slashed the vic­tim’s tires and cut her ve­hi­cle’s brake lines, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. The vic­tim also ad­vised of­fi­cers that she had recorded him threat­en­ing to kill her over the phone.

Cur­rently in cus­tody on a $500,000 bond, Thorndyke is sched­uled to ap­pear in court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on Oct. 26.

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