Cascade man faces attempted murder charge

November 20, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

CASCADE - A Cascade man was charged with attempted second-degree murder Sunday in connection with a Saturday incident during which his girlfriend was struck by a pickup truck, throwing her body against a garage door so hard the door broke, Maryland State Police said.

John William Spahr, 33, also was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and kidnapping in the incident, troopers said in a news release.

During the incident, Anna Marie Batko was pinned against the garage door at the couple's residence, troopers said in a news release. She was taken to Washington County Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, troopers said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Monday evening that Batko was treated in the emergency room, then released.

The incident started at the Chocolate Park Tavern parking lot in the area of Md. 491 and Pennersville Road. A man chased Batko through the parking lot while yelling obscenities and forced her into his pickup, Washington County District Court documents show.


He then drove to their home on Royer Road, troopers said. The argument continued when the two arrived home.

The man got into his vehicle and backed down the driveway, and then quickly accelerated, hitting Batko and throwing her against the garage door, court documents show.

The door broke from the force of the woman's body hitting it, documents show.

Batko and a witness who was at the home during the incident gave officers a description of the incident.

Spahr couldn't be found Saturday night, but turned himself in at the Hagerstown barrack Sunday afternoon.

He was being held Monday without bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said.

Following a bond review Monday afternoon, a Washington County District Court judge decided that Spahr should continue to be held without bond.

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