A Westminster man was arrested June 30 after allegedly assaulting a woman and her daughter.
Dana Alden Latta, 53, of the unit block of Washington Lane, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and held without bail. He continues to be held without bail after a Monday bail review, according to electronic court records.
Deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded to the woman's residence after receiving a report of an assault. The woman told deputies that she and Latta had argued on her residence's deck and the argument turned physical, according to the statement of probable cause.
The woman told deputies that an ashtray fell off a table while the woman was arguing with Latta and when she went to pick it up, Latta grabbed her hand and squeezed it before pushing her away from him. He then attempted to hit the woman with the ashtray's metal base, according to the statement.
The woman's daughter walked out on the deck and told the two of them to stop arguing. The woman told deputies that Latta became irate and started yelling at the daughter, who subsequently left.
The woman walked inside, and Latta followed her. While inside the residence, Latta started arguing with the daughter and began pushing her with his chest, according to the statement.
The woman attempted to put herself between Latta and her daughter, and Latta grabbed the woman by her throat and lifted her off the ground. The daughter tried to intervene, and Latta grabbed the daughter around her head while also pulling her hair in an attempt to throw her to the ground, according to the statement.
The two women fled the residence and called for police. The deputy noted in his report that the women's recollection of the incident matched. In his report, he also noted that there were visible injuries to the daughter's scalp and the woman's neck, according to the statement.
Latta told deputies that the woman made the first aggressive movements when she attempted to strike him with the ashtray. He said he grabbed the daughter by her hair in self-defense, according to the statement.