Man allegedly strangles woman after refusing to let her leave Taneytown residence

Middle River arrested after he allegedly strangled woman, causes her to be stabbed

A Middle River man was held without bail after he allegedly strangled a woman and wouldn't let her leave a Taneytown residence.

Raymond Elisha Evianiak, 28, was charged with one count each of false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. He was arrested Sunday and held without bail, which remained the same after a Monday bail review, according to electronic court records.

Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a Taneytown residence Sunday, where they found Evianiak and a woman suffering from injuries. The woman spoke with a deputy and told him that Evianiak had strangled her, according to a statement of probable cause.

The woman had returned to the Taneytown residence Saturday night after work. Evianiak and the woman got into an argument about money and, during the argument, the woman said she was leaving. Evianiak blocked the doorway and refused to let her leave. When she tried to get around him, he grabbed her throat and started to strangle her, making it hard for her to breathe to the point that she thought she would pass out, according to the statement.

The woman told police she was able to break free and she grabbed a serrated steak knife to protect herself. Evianiak also grabbed a steak knife, according to the statement. The woman, while holding the knife, told Evianiak that she wanted to leave, but he refused and charged at her. He tackled her to the floor, causing one of the knives to stab her left arm, according to the statement.

Evianiak then held her against the floor, straddling his legs on both sides of her body. He struck her in the face and then began to strangle her again. As he strangled her, the woman stabbed him twice, once in the left thigh and once in the left shoulder, according to the statement.

The deputy spoke with Evianiak who told him that the woman had tried to call the police during the argument, but he wouldn't let her have the phone. She then went to sleep, Evianiak said.

Evianiak told the deputy that he later tried to wake up the woman to apologize, and she punched him in the face, knocking both of them to the floor. He said that she then started hitting his head with a baby toy, according to the statement.

Evianiak told the deputy that the woman placed him in a choke hold, and he thought he would pass out. He was able to break free, and they continued to arguing. He said that the woman then stabbed him twice, according to the statement.

The deputy determined that the woman's statement matched the injuries on her and Evianiak. He determined that the woman was acting in self-defense and she was stabbed because Evianiak had tackled her, according to the statement.

Evianiak was arrested and transported to Carroll Hospital. After he was treated, he was taken to Central Booking, according to the statement. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.


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