Howard County police charged two men with attempted murder in what they believe was a planned attack of a Sykesville man at a Jessup gas station.
Malcolm Xavier Littlejohn, 20, of Silver Spring, and Eric Ricardo Exum, 48, of Washington, D.C., are both charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and assault, and are being held without bail at Howard County Detention Center, according to police.
The two men conspired to plan an Oct. 4 attack of Exum’s employer, Paul Albritton, 52, police said.
Albritton parked his car at a BP gas station in the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard at approximately 6:45 a.m. and entered the store, while his passenger, Exum, waited in the car. When Albritton returned, Littlejohn approached and struck him on the head with a two-by-four-inch wooden board before fleeing.
Albritton was transported to the hospital with a severe head injury and is currently in a long-term care facility, police said.
Police investigation revealed that Exum had been in regular phone contact with Littlejohn in the days before the attack, and that Exum called Littlejohn minutes before the incident. Investigators also learned that Exum knew Albritton regularly stopped at the BP gas station in the mornings to purchase items from the store.
Carol Hanson is listed as the public defender for both men, and could not be reached for comment.
Police have not determined a motive in the case.