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Sykesville man charged with first-, second-degree assault

A Sykesville man was charged July 23 after he allegedly struck a woman in the face and threatened to kill her with a knife.

Donnell F. Rheubottom, 37, of the 900 block of Central Avenue, was charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault. He is being held without bond, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, police responded to his residence around 8 a.m. July 23 for a welfare check after an emergency call with screaming in the background dropped. When the officer arrived Rheubottom was outside and the woman was inside, with marks and lacerations on her lip and jaw, the report states.

Rheubottom told police that he and the woman had gotten into a verbal argument, according to the statement, and they determined he had committed second-degree assault. Rheubottom then became aggressive with police, so they restrained him and put him in a patrol vehicle.

The woman said she could not remember if Rheubottom struck her with an object or not, but that he was drinking and at one point held a large kitchen knife in front of her, threatening to kill her.

Rheubottom’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 22 according to electronic court records.

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