Two individuals were charged following an alleged home invasion on Wednesday, Dec. 26, that left a man with cuts on his neck, police said.
Jeremiah Smith Ancheta, 35, of the unit block of Union Street in Westminster, and Kristi Nicole Angleberger, 30, of no fixed address, were arrested and charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, home invasion and first-degree burglary, according to electronic court records.
Both were held without bail following a Thursday morning bail review in Carroll County District Court at which Judge Brian Green found them to be a danger to the public. Both are ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Manchester residence on Wednesday just before 3 a.m. after a report of a burglary and assault with a weapon, according to the statement of probable cause filed in District Court. Deputies arrived to find two residents of the home suffering from injuries.
A man had been cut on the neck and a woman had sustained an injury to her face that required medical attention. The male resident told police that just before 3 a.m. the female resident went to answer a knock at the door. He then heard a loud bang and ran downstairs to see what was happening. There, he observed a man with a shotgun struggling with the woman who was bleeding, according to the statement.
He began to struggle with the man and was able to grab the shotgun and strike him with the butt of it, he told police. Then a female suspect “entered the action” and cut him on the neck with a knife, causing him to let go. The two then fled, he told police.
Detectives spoke to witnesses who said the pair fled to a dark SUV, according to the statement.
The alleged victim told police he believed he knew who the female attacker was. Detectives later came across that woman and Angleberger as they were walking in Manchester at approximately 5:30 a.m. After learning of a possible connection to the burglary, police detained and interviewed them, according to the statement.
That woman, who had not been charged as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, told detectives that the alleged male victim of the burglary purchased marijuana from her the day before but had refused to pay. According to the statement, she, Angleberger and Ancheta went to the house Wednesday in order to get payment and Ancheta brought a shotgun in case there was trouble, she told police.
Angleberger initially approached the residence and went inside. The woman said Ancheta saw through the window Angleberger get shoved by someone and Ancheta ran up to the door and yelled to be let in. When that did not work, Ancheta kicked in the door while holding the shotgun, the woman told police.
A struggle ensued but the woman told police she did not know that the resident was cut in the neck. She said they didn’t get any money as a result of the incident, according to the statement.
When interviewed, Angleberger admitted to going to the residence and becoming involved in a physical altercation with a resident there, but denied cutting the man or displaying a weapon, according to the statement.
Detectives obtained a warrant to search a residence in Manchester where Angleberger was staying. There, they located Ancheta and took him into custody. They also recovered a shotgun, according to the statement.
During an interview with a detective, Ancheta said he had accompanied the two women to the Manchester residence with a shotgun in case there was trouble because one of the women said she had sold marijuana to one of the residents and he had not paid her.
When he saw someone in the residence shove Angleberger, he ran to the door. When they would not let him in, he kicked the door open, he told police, and became involved in a physical altercation with the two residents who were fighting with Angleberger.
He believed he was struck in the head and did not witness Angleberger cut the resident, he told the detective, according to the statement.
Angleberger and Ancheta are scheduled for preliminary hearings Jan. 25.
The alleged female victim was taken to Carroll Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the altercation, according to police.