Man accused of assaulting girlfriend, 19

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Anne Arundel police were searching yesterday for a Glen Burnie man accused of assaulting his pregnant teenage girlfriend at gunpoint.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Alexander Leon Gray, 20, of the 500 block of Glen Court. He faces two counts of first-degree assault, breaking and entering, and other offenses, police said.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Monday about 7:20 p.m., when Gray went unannounced to see his girlfriend, Merricka Brown, 19, of Annapolis, who was visiting her aunt and uncle in Glen Burnie, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas.

According to Urbas, Gray is accused of entering the house on Ingram Court through an unlocked front door. He searched the residence for Brown and found her in an upstairs bedroom. Brown's uncle confronted Gray outside the bedroom doorway, but backed off when Gray threatened him with a handgun, Urbas said.

Police reports state that Gray dragged Brown down the stairs by her hair, pulled her out of the house, pinned her against the side of the home and held the gun to her head. He ran when Brown's relatives called police, Urbas said.

Brown, who suffered minor injuries, told responding officers that she is three months pregnant with Gray's child. She refused medical treatment at the scene and was staying at an undisclosed location yesterday.

Court records show that Gray was arrested in February on a second-degree assault charge in an altercation involving Brown. Before trial, he was ordered to have no contact with Brown or her family. He was found not guilty of the charge in July.

In 2002, Gray was arrested and charged with robbery, assault and handgun offenses after witnesses identified him as one of three assailants who held up a man in Glen Burnie, shooting at him as he ran away, court records show.

Gray was convicted on the robbery charge and was given a six-year sentence, with the judge suspending all but eight months. Gray also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, but violated probation by not completing the work, court records show.

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