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A La Plata man has been arrested in connection with an alleged domestic assault last week.
About 8:45 p.m. Thursday, according to police charging documents, officers saw multiple cars stopped near Tip Hill Drive in La Plata and stopped to investigate. They found a woman with “obvious signs of injuries,” according to the report. A man fled the scene while officers talked to witnesses and could not be found.
The woman told officers that Stephen Dale Nolan, 39, had handcuffed her in a bedroom for several hours. The victim said Nolan punched her, stabbed her multiple times with a steak knife, struck her with a baseball bat that he also used in an attempt to sexually assault her and asked a roommate to purchase bandages for him, according to charging documents.
The assault stopped, according to charging documents, when the victim persuaded Nolan to let her use the restroom. She took the opportunity to escape through the window and run down Charles Street, flagging down vehicles for assistance. The victim said she had told Nolan earlier that she wished to end their relationship.
The couple’s 4-year-old son was allegedly present in the house at the time of the assault. The roommate told officers he heard Nolan yelling at the woman for an hour or so before making a request of him and continuing to yell at her for another hour and a half, according to the police report. Shortly after 8 p.m., according to charging documents, Nolan re-entered the home and was “out of breath” by his roommate’s account. The man said Nolan told him to watch the child before running from the back of the house.
Nolan is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, false imprisonment and first-degree sex offense.
He is being held at the Charles County jail without the possibility of bail.
Additional second-degree child abuse and assault charges are pending against Nolan in Charles County Circuit Court for an unrelated March incident, according to online court records.