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Officer assaulted at Mount Airy Walmart recovering

Jacob deNobel
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times
Following a road rage incident, four were arrested in a confrontation leading to an assault of a police office

A Maryland State Police trooper who was allegedly assaulted in the bathroom of the Mount Airy Walmart is at home recovering, according to a state police spokesman.

A mother, her two sons and a family friend were arrested Thursday after a confrontation that ended with the alleged assault of Trooper Johnathan Horner. Horner was treated at Carroll Hospital after the incident, but Sgt. Marc Black did not have any information regarding specific injuries suffered in the incident.

Meanwhile, two of the people involved in the incident have been released, while two others remained held at the Carroll County Detention Center as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Jacob Conners, 17, of the 13000 block of West Annapolis Court in Mount Airy, is being charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a police officer, disturbing the peace and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon. He was released Thursday on $50,000 bail.

His mother Traci Conners, 42, of the 1400 block of Key Highway in Frederick, and his brother Steven Conners, 19, of the 13000 block of West Annapolis Court in Mount Airy, are each charged with one count each of second-degree assault and disturbing the peace. Steven Conners is also charged with second-degree assault of a police officer. Traci Conners was being held on $50,000 bail while Steven Conners was being held on $20,000 bail.

Emily Allen Anthony was released on her own recognizance on a charge of disturbing the peace.

The incident began after Horner responded to the Dunkin Donuts on East Ridgeville Boulevard at about 1 p.m. Thursday for a report of a road rage incident. After being unable to determine an aggressor in the road rage incident, Horner told both parties to leave, according to the charging documents.

The Conners and Anthony remained in the area, and confronted Horner, according to police. During the confrontation, a citizen began recording the incident, according to police, and Traci Conners assaulted the citizen verbally, then physically. As Horner attempted to stop her, Jacob Conners jumped on his back in an attempt to pull him off of Traci, according to police.

As this was happening, Steven Conners released a pitbull and ordered it to attack Horner, according to charging documents. The dog did not comply.

Jacob Conners than ran into the nearby Walmart store, where Horner followed him and found him in the bathroom attempting to flush brass knuckles and a knife down the toilet, police said.

While Horner placed Jacob Conners under arrest and handcuffed him, forcing him to the ground to prevent his escape, Traci and Steven Conners entered the bathroom and Steven began attacking Horner, allegedly punching him in the torso and head, according to charging documents, with Jacob Conners allegedly kicking Horner in the head several times while handcuffed.

Additional law enforcement arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, and Traci, Steven and Jacob Conners, as well as Anthony, were arrested and taken to the Carroll County Detention Center and Horner was taken to Carroll Hospital Center for treatment.


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