The crime report is a sampling of crimes in Howard County compiled from police. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3700.
Charter Drive: 10700 block, Hickory Ridge. Someone entered Victoria and Albert Hair Studio about 7:30 a.m. June 19 and took a floor safe containing money.
Misty Arch Run: 6000 block, Hickory Ridge. Someone entered a home through an open garage door and took a purse from the kitchen between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. June 21. The purse was found on a bike path, but money was taken.
Washington Boulevard: 7700 block, Elkridge. Authorities said a 27-year-old woman was assaulted by a former boyfriend who hit and choked her until she fled and called police. The man left the residence with the woman's cellular telephone and keys, police said. As officers investigated, the man returned to the scene and fled when he saw the officers. The police chased the man on Interstate 95 to Baltimore and then into Anne Arundel County, reaching top speeds of 90 mph. The man was arrested without incident after driving onto a dead-end street in Lithicum. David Wayne Schmelyun, 30, of the 1500 block of Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, was charged with burglary, theft, assault, fleeing and eluding police, and traffic violations, police said.