A 36-year-old Hampstead man, who initially told state police he had been beaten with a wood stove poker by an intruder, later recanted his story and was charged with theft, battery, false report and 43 counts of forgery, uttering and theft of 14 checks from relatives.
John Michael Blauvelt, who lives in the 2000 block of Coon Club Road, was released on $10,000 unsecured bond after a hearing before a court commissioner Monday.
Mr. Blauvelt originally told police he answered a knock on the back door of his house Oct. 31 to find a man who said his car was disabled and asked to use the telephone.
Mr. Blauvelt told police that before he could react to the stranger's request, he was pushed aside and the intruder burst into the kitchen. Mr. Blauvelt told police that man grabbed a chair and hit him on the side of the head, causing a black eye.
He said he struggled with the intruder and was struck on the back of the head with the poker, which required 10 sutures to close at Carroll County General Hospital.
He told police his assailant stole a .25-caliber handgun and his 1989 Toyota pickup truck. The pickup was found the next day in a field near Lineboro, investigators said.
After receiving additional information, Tfc. Timothy B. Selby interviewed Mr. Blauvelt again. The trooper said Mr. Blauvelt admitted he was an acquaintance of Michael Spangler, the alleged assailant, and said they broke into a gun case to steal the handgun and used it to barter for drugs in Baltimore.
Mr. Blauvelt said he and Mr. Spangler made several trips to Baltimore to buy drugs Oct. 30 and 31, police reported in court documents.