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Authorities in Washington County last week arrived at the site of a reported domestic disturbance to find a Rockville man allegedly armed with three knives, terrorizing his estranged wife.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Samir Lababidi, 49, of Hungerford Drive in Rockville and charged him with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, burglary, false imprisonment and other crimes.

According to court records, a Washington County sheriff’s deputy responding to a domestic disturbance arrived at a Hagerstown home on Sept. 7 and heard a woman “screaming loudly and frantically for help.”

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Litten found Lababidi inside the home, pinning a woman against a bathroom wall, according to charging documents.

Lababidi had three butter knives in his back pocket when he was arrested, charging documents said.

He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail, an official at the Washington County Detention Center said on Friday.

Deputies learned the woman Lababadi was attacking was his 24-year-old estranged wife.

She told Litten that Labibidi “wanted to kill me,” according to the documents.

She had left him three days before the incident in Hagerstown because of “constant” violence in their home, the documents said.

She had left the couple’s 4-year-old daughter at home with Lababidi, the report said. Lababidi has lived in the U.S. for 12 years, and works for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, attorneys said in court in Washington County Monday, according to a report in The Herald-Mail.

At about 12:23 a.m., Lababidi arrived at the home on Morning Walk Drive in Hagerstown with the couple’s child and pounded on the door. He forced his way in and assaulted his wife, grabbing her hair and threatening to kill her and two other women in the home, charging documents said.

“All she could say is, ‘He is going to kill me, he will find and kill me,’” the documents said.

A phone call to the Washington County’s Public Defender’s Office was not answered Friday afternoon.

A call to Lababidi’s residence in Rockville Thursday was not answered.

sjbsmith@gazette.net