Hampstead woman charged with assault, malicious destruction of property

A Hampstead woman is facing multiple charges after an incident at a Westminster shopping center on Thursday.

Cara Kristine Morgan, 34, of the 1000 block of Scarlet Oak Court, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, one count of malicious destruction of property of more than $1,000, one count of malicious destruction of property of less than $1,000, and one count each of theft less than $100, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and rogue and vagabond, according to electronic court records.


Morgan was held on a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to have a bail review hearing at 11 a.m. Monday, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, officers from the Westminster Police Department responded to the Cranberry Square Shopping Center to assist the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office with a fight in progress.

Investigators determined that a man was exiting one of the stores when he observed Morgan enter the passenger door of his van and begin eating chips there. The man is a wheelchair user and the van was parked in a handicap spot near the store.

He approached Morgan and made contact with her and instructed her to get out. She picked up other food items with the intention of taking them, according to the statement.

The man attempted to pull Morgan from the van, at which time she struck him several times with her closed fist and then began striking and scratching. Approximately $2,000 damage was done to the wheelchair, according to the statement.

A second woman traveling with the man exited the store and witnessed the alleged assault. She attempted to pull Morgan away from the man, and became involved in the physical altercation, she told police. Another man traveling with her also exited the store and got between the two. He was also struck by Morgan in the face and upper body, according to the statement.

A witness called police.

When police made contact with Morgan, she said she was homeless and hungry. “I got in the van for food and they assaulted me,” she told police, according to the statement.

All parties said they were not injured following the incident, according to the statement.

An individual reached at the number listed for Morgan said she did not have that phone number anymore. A court date is scheduled for Nov. 20.