Westminster man arrested after alleged assault with sword
Jennifer TurianoCarroll County Times
A Westminster man was charged Monday after he allegedly injured a woman by holding a sword to her neck during a verbal dispute over money.
Robert Michael Franklin, 36, of Marydell Drive, was charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault. He is being held without bond as of Wednesday, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, police arrived at Franklin’s home around 7 a.m. Monday after a caller advised that someone was possibly stabbed after a verbal dispute.
Franklin caused a small laceration on a woman’s neck with a metal sword, the woman told police that morning. While he held the sword to her neck, the report states, he was simultaneously trying to remove money from her pants pocket.
He fled the scene before the police arrived, according to the report, but entered police custody on Wednesday after a Westminster officer stopped his vehicle for a compulsory insurance violation and found he had an open warrant for assault.
The sword was seized, and photos of the woman’s injuries were taken for evidence.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1, according to electronic court records.