Man charged with home invasion, beating elderly Havre de Grace couple

Christopher Thomas McQuillan is being held without bond on home invasion, attempted murder and other charges after Havre de Grace Police arrested him shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday outside the home of the elderly couple he allegedly attacked, according to court records.

McQuillan, who turns 25 on Nov. 18 and has an address in the 600 block of Concord Street in Havre de Grace, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, home invasion and two counts of assault – first degree.

The husband and wife were home when at about 5:05 p.m. when they heard the sound of breaking glass at the back of their house in the 600 block of South Washington Street, according to court charging documents.

They went to see what happened and found a back window smashed out. The woman opened a sliding patio door to try and figure out how it got broken when, according to court records, “McQuillan then grabbed her by the neck pushing her back into the home and began choking her.”

Her husband came to her defense and, according to court records, he “grabbed the defendant and the defendant began to choke him, too,” the court records state.

The assault continued.

“The defendant then leaned into the victim and bit him on the arm,” according to court documents. “The defendant released his arm and then bit his ear severing a portion of his ear off.”

McQuillan, who is listed in court records as being 5-feet, 8-inches tall, weighing 145 pounds, also picked up a brick and allegedly smashed the elderly man’s head with it, according to court records.

That’s when the wife escaped and alerted a neighbor, who called police. They went to the back of the house, where they saw the defendant still assaulting the man, according to court records.

The wife picked up a chair and started hitting the suspect with it. McQuillan turned, grabbed the chair and, according to court records, said to the woman: “Do you want to die today?”

The elderly couple and the neighbor were able to get into the house and lock the door.

Within minutes, Havre de Grace Police arrived and used a Taser to subdue the suspect.

When police arrived, they were met by the victims who were outside the front of the house while the suspect was still trying to break into the back of the house, according to court records.

“He is back there trying to break into the house,” the man told police, according to court documents. “He is going crazy, don’t go back there without a gun!”

The incident began, according to court records, when McQuillan’s father drove him earlier that day to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace for treatment. The father told police “his son was highly intoxicated,” court records state.

When the father and son got to the hospital, McQuillan ran off and his father called police. While police were looking in the area of the hospital after getting information from the father, they got a report of a man attacking an elderly subject.

The house where the attack was reported is around the corner and barely a block from the emergency room entrance to Harford Memorial Hospital.

Two days before he allegedly broke into the Washington Street house, McQuillan was arrested in an unrelated case and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana, according to online court records.

McQuillan has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, home invasion and two counts of first-degree assault, according to online court records.

The husband and wife were treated for their injuries and returned home, court records state.

McQuillan was still being held without bail Tuesday morning in the Harford County Detention Center. No attorney for him was listed in court records.

Aegis reporter David Anderson contributed to this story.

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