Vernon Francis Howard
Vernon Francis Howard (Courtesy photo)

A Westminster man was arrested and charged after punching and choking a woman on Saturday, police say.

Vernon Francis Howard, 39, of the unit block of E. Main St., has been charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to electronic court records. He is being held without bond as of Monday, court records show.


Officers from the Westminster Police Department arrived at a residence Saturday to find a woman sitting on a sofa, blood dripping from the left side of her face, according to the police-authored statement of probable cause.

The woman told officers that an argument turned physical and Howard punched her in the face three times, court records show.

Officers wrote that they saw two cuts, which were still bleeding, on the left side of her nose. The woman also told police that Howard squeezed her throat with his hand, the statement details.

Westminster police say their investigation determined Howard was the aggressor and arrested him Saturday without issue, transporting him to Carroll Hospital to treat minor injuries and then to central booking, according to the statement.

Howard has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 10 at 8:45 a.m. in Carroll County District Court. No attorney was listed for Howard in court records.