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Man arrested on assault charges


A Taneytown man yesterday was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $25,000 bond on charges of assault with intent to murder.

James Joseph Ellis, 47, of the 4300 block of Old Taneytown Road was arrested Wednesday while walking near the city police station in the first block of E. Baltimore St. about 8 p.m., Officer Scott Mitchell said.

District Court documents said a man walked into the home of his former girlfriend Wednesday and was asked to stay in the kitchen while she retrieved some of his property. He asked the woman to drop a complaint she had filed against him in July, because it would lead to a violation of probation charge against him.

The woman refused, then grabbed a kitchen knife from the counter because the man had threatened her in the past and she feared for her life, the victim told police.

She told Officer Mitchell that the man grabbed the knife from her and pointed it toward her. She suffered cuts on her fingers as she tried to push the knife aside.

Police said the woman was knocked to the floor and the man began choking her. She struggled and pushed him off, but he again grabbed her head and began to twist it, police said. She broke free and ran outside screaming.

Neighbors called police as the man walked away from the house, according to court papers.

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