A Westminster man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly beat a woman inside his apartment and then chased her and another woman with a knife.
Charles Lacey Rhoten, 62, of the 100 block of Main St. in Westminster, was charged with one count of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree assault. He was held without bail as of 3 p.m. April 5, according to online court records.
According to the statement of probable cause, Rhoten became mad at a woman in his apartment and threw her into a wall. He then punched her in the head before grabbing what police described as a big knife and threatening to stab her and another woman, according to the statement, and threatening to slit the first woman’s throat.
The women fled, and Rhoten came after them with the knife, chasing them to the sidewalk in front of the residence before dropping the knife, where a Westminster police officer found it, according to the statement.
Rhoten was arrested and, while in custody, made a comment threatening to the women, according to the statement.