Westminster man charged with assault, groping woman, stealing purse
By Jon Kelvey
Carroll County Times|
Apr 26, 2019 | 4:50 PM
A Westminster man has been charged with assault and a sex offense after allegedly punching and groping a woman before running off with her purse on March 27.
Michael Leroy Wolfe, 53, of the 300 block of E. Main St. in Westminster, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count each of theft of less than $100 and fourth-degree sexual contact, according to electronic court records.
At about 4:40 p.m. on March 27, Westminster police responded to an apartment in the unit block of Winchester Avenue in Westminster, where a man and a woman described to police an alleged assault by Wolfe, according to charging documents.
The woman told police that Wolfe had asked her for $20 and that she had given it to him and then gone to the restroom, according to charging documents, but that she found him rifling through her purse upon her return.
The woman told police that she and Wolfe started arguing but he pushed her and left the apartment, taking the purse with him, according to charging documents. The woman told police the purse contained $52 total in cash and various personal items.
The woman told police she followed Wolfe and caught up to him in the stairwell, where he allegedly punched her, knocking her to the floor, and then straddling her and grabbing her groin before another man intervened, according to charging documents.
The intervening man told police that he had told Wolfe to get off the woman and Wolfe then fled into the street, according to charging documents, and when the man caught up to Wolfe outside, Wolfe punched him in the face and neck before running off.
An arrest warrant for Wolfe was issued on April 18 and served on Thursday, according to electronic court records. Wolfe posted a $5,000 bail and was released Friday, and currently has a trial scheduled in Carroll County District Court on June 21, according to court records.