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Man faces multiple charges after police say he assaulted pregnant girlfriend

July 22, 2008

A man is being held on $200,000 bond after police said he punched, kicked, choked and threatened to kill his pregnant girlfriend Friday morning, Washington County District Court records show.

Willie Robert Thornton, 24, of no fixed address, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, first- and fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and carrying a handgun in a vehicle, court records show.

His girlfriend told police he became angry Friday morning when she asked where he had been, and began punching, kicking and choking her, Hagerstown Police Officer Jay McNew wrote in charging documents. She alleged that Thornton pointed a small handgun to her head and said he was going to kill her and take their children to New York, McNew wrote.

Thornton left his girlfriend's home and was arrested after he was pulled over on Interstate 81, McNew wrote. He denied threatening his girlfriend or pointing his gun at her, McNew wrote.

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A preliminary hearing for Thornton is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 13 in Washington County District Court.

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