Sykesville police charge Perry Hall man with attempted murder
By Carroll County Times staff
Sep 27, 2016 | 10:46 PM
A Baltimore County man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he tried to kill a family member he was staying with in Sykesville.
Alexander Carter Fields, 20, of Perry Hall, faces one count each of attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempting to injure with a dangerous weapon, according to electronic court records.
On Sept. 20, Sykesville police responded to Sykesville Apartments, where Fields was staying with his grandparents.
Fields' grandmother told police she had taken a nap and woken up to Fields standing over her with a pocket knife to her throat, according to Sykesville police Chief Michael Spaulding.
The grandmother escaped to another room after a struggle and started screaming for help, while Fields went into the kitchen to retrieve a butcher's knife, then allegedly began slashing at the door of the room his grandmother was in, Spaulding said.
A male neighbor heard the woman's cries for help, called 911 and came to the apartment, where he persuaded Fields to drop the knife, Spaulding said. Police arrived shortly after, detaining Fields and collecting the knife, he said.
Fields was taken to a nearby hospital for an emergency evaluation, according to Spaulding. The grandmother suffered minor injuries.