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Frederick man charged with attempted murder

November 03, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with attempted murder Sunday after he allegedly tried to run over a man, the Frederick Police Department said.

Freddie Rubin McFadden, 43, of the 400 block of West South Street, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, failure to remain at the scene of a property damage accident, reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

According to police, the victim was walking on a sidewalk in the 400 block of West South Street when McFadden walked out of his house and yelled at him. McFadden allegedly told the victim he would kill him if he did not leave "his" neighborhood.

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Cpl. Allen Yingling said police do not know if there is a stronger motive.

"He just didn't seem to want the guy in his neighborhood," he said.

McFadden allegedly got in his vehicle about 4:45 p.m. and drove east on West South Street and accelerated the wrong way up the road. He headed toward the victim, who jumped out of the way at the last minute, police said.

McFadden's vehicle leaped the curb, went on the sidewalk and crashed into a fence, police said.

McFadden then allegedly got out of his vehicle and struck him in the face several times. As he was beating him, McFadden allegedly told the victim that if he could not kill him with his vehicle, he would do it with his hands.

McFadden got in his vehicle and drove away, police said.

The victim did not need to be hospitalized, Yingling said.

Witnesses copied the vehicle's license number and police were able to track it down at the Sagner Housing Development.

Yingling said he does not know if the two men know each other or had any prior disputes.

"I don't know if there's previous bad blood or past history," he said.

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