Westminster man charged with assaulting woman, possessing brass knuckles

A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly beating a woman and possessing brass knuckles at the Boston Inn.

Ronald Lee Jones Jr., 31, was charged with second-degree assault and possessing a dangerous weapon, according to electronic court records.

He was held in default of $7,000 bail Thursday, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of charges, Maryland State Police responded to the inn at about 9:24 p.m. and found the victim inside one of the inn’s rooms with a cut over her right eye, blood running down her face, bruising on her neck, cuts on her gums, “red and irritated” skin on her neck and back, and “what appeared to be scratch marks on her chest,” according to the statement. Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at the scene, according to the statement.

The victim was “visibly shaken and trembling” and told police she “felt in danger for her life and felt Jones may hurt her again,” according to the statement.

Jones allegedly “struck her in the face multiple times,” then stood over her when she fell down and squeezed her neck with his hands inside the room, according to the statement.

Jones was standing outside the room’s door when police arrived, then briefly walked out of sight behind vehicles before reappearing, according to the statement. Police found brass knuckles “only a few feet from where Jones was standing” in the parking lot, according to the statement. Jones said he “did not do anything wrong” and was on his way to the liquor store, according to the statement.

Video surveillance footage from the Boston Inn, at 533 Baltimore Blvd., will be acquired, according to the statement. Jones was arrested and taken to the Carroll County Detention Center for processing.

No attorney was listed for Jones in online court records. A trial was scheduled for Aug. 7.

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