Maryland State Police are searching for a man who they said rear-ended a woman's vehicle on Interstate 83 in Parkton, offered her money to not call police and then violently attacked her when she dialed 911 on her cell phone.
The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Friday south of the Pennsylvania line, in the northbound lanes near Exit 33. Police said a man driving a dark-colored Jeep Wrangler with a soft top, possibly with Pennsylvania license plates, hit the back of the woman's car.
Both drivers pulled over and police said the man "pleaded with her, offering her money to settle the incident." The woman then dialed 911 and police said the man "knocked her to the ground. He forcibly grabbed her phone, threw it and assaulted her, punching her multiple times."
In a statement, police said he agreed to free her if she promised to leave before officers arrived. She agreed and tried to run away, but police said the man chased her, dragged her toward some woods and threatened to kill her. She punched him in the face, broke away, ran back to her vehicle and drove away.
The man is described as white, clean-shaven and in his mid-20s. He stands 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, has a tan complexion, a thin, muscular build, dark hair and dark eyes. Police also said he has a "buzz-cut" hairstyle.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Maryland State Police at 410-780-2700.