Baltimore County police have identified and charged a former rabbinical school student with attempted murder after police said he tried to run over at least one school staff member with his car Tuesday morning on the school’s Pikesville campus.
Manooel Yerooshalmy, 33, from the 3600 block of Clarks Lane in Baltimore, was charged with multiple counts of first and second degree attempted murder, and is being held without bail.
Officers were called to the Ner Israel Rabbinical College at around 7 a.m. Tuesday for a report of someone trying to run people over with their car on campus, authorities said.
There is no evidence to suggest the attack was planned, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Vickie Warehime. Police said there is not yet a known motive for the alleged attack, but wrote that Yerooshalmy may have been targeting at least one current staff member, who was not injured.
Yerooshalmy drove after three staff members, departing from the roadway to chase one victim, who shielded himself behind nearby playground equipment, Warehime said. The suspect pursued a second victim until that staff member ran into a campus building, Warehime said.
The third victim attempted to block Yerooshalmy’s vehicle with a van, but jumped out of the vehicle when Yerooshalmy sped toward him, damaging both vehicles before fleeing in the vehicle off campus toward Reisterstown Road, Warehime said.
When police attempted to stop the suspect, the driver fled south Reisterstown Road, officials said.
The pursuit ended at Reisterstown and Fallstaff roads, police said, but Yerooshalmy initially did not surrender to officers.
The department wrote officers had to break the driver’s side window to arrest Yerooshalmy, one of the officers sustained an injury during the arrest. The officer was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution, but has since been released, police said.
Isaac Klein, the attorney representing Yerooshalmy, said the incident was indicative of an “emotionally disturbed individual." Klein said he intends to seek a court-ordered competency evaluation for Yerooshalmy.