Westminster man arrested allegedly trying to force entry into apartment with knife

Ryan Kurt Schaufele
Ryan Kurt Schaufele (Courtesy Photo)

A Westminster man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly banged on the door of a Mount Airy apartment seeking entry while holding a knife.

Ryan Kurt Schaufele, 26, of the unit block of South Church Street, was charged with one count each of disorderly conduct, intoxicated public disturbance, attempted second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault. He was held without bail following a Monday morning bail review, according to electronic court records.


According to the statement of charges, officers of the Mount Airy Police Department were called to an apartment Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, after a report that three people were located inside while a man was trying to get through the door.

Police arrived on-scene and made contact with a man who matched the description reported by the 911 caller. The man, later identified as Schaufele said he was at the apartment to pick up tools and said he had not tried to force his way in, according to the statement.

While speaking to him, police observed the odor of alcohol on his person and glassy eyes, according to the statement.

Police then spoke to three occupants of the apartment. One woman said that Schaufele had knocked on the door earlier in the day, and she did not feel comfortable letting him in. When she did not let him in, he then began banging on the door and yelling, she said, according to the statement.

Another occupant told police she opened the door again and saw that Schaufele was holding a kitchen knife. She shut the door and Schaufele began beating on the door asking for the first woman, she told police, according to the statement.

Police observed damage to the door frame of the apartment and located a knife outside the front door, according to the statement.

Schaufele was arrested and transported to Carroll Hospital for intoxication. While there, he was “combative and aggressive with staff,” according to the statement.

A court date is scheduled for April 10.