A Sykesville man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a woman.
Matthew Val Peterson, 55, of the 1000 block of Waite Avenue, was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and attempted second-degree rape. He is being held without bail following a Wednesday bail review, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of probable cause, deputies of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police troopers responded Tuesday to a report of an assault in progress.
Upon arrival, they spoke to Peterson and the woman separately. Peterson told police the two had been involved in a verbal argument that became physical. He said he had tried to force himself on the woman, and when she tried to leave, he followed her outside and tried to prevent her from doing so, he said, according to the statement.
The woman told police Peterson attempted force her into intercourse. When she fought back, he followed her and persisted, at one point grabbing her by the neck for several seconds, she said. She attempted to leave and he followed and threatened to slash her tires, she said. She then returned inside and attempted to barricade the door while calling 911, she said, according to the statement.
Based on both statements and injuries observed to the woman, Peterson was arrested, according to the statement.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28.