Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Man charged with attack, attempted abduction of woman in Takoma Park

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Police have charged a Bladensburg man with attempted murder and kidnapping in connection with an assault and attempted abduction last week of a 27-year-old Langley Park woman in Takoma Park.

Richard Manning Miller, 44, of the 4200 block of 58th Avenue was arrested Jan. 30 after detectives followed a tip that led them to a trucking company that sub-leased to Miller a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the Jan. 29 abduction attempt, according to a news release from the Takoma Park Police Department.

The incident occurred in the 1300 block of University Boulevard just before 8:30 a.m., when the woman was waiting for a ride. A man got out of a white truck, approached her, assaulted her with a baseball bat and grabbed her, according to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court. The man then tried to pull her into the back of the truck, but she managed to escape.

Miller was arrested in the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue, the release said. Police obtained a warrant to search Miller’s vehicle and residence and found evidence that linked Miller to the crime, the release said.

Police have not yet made that evidence public, said Cathy Plevy, a spokeswoman for Takoma Park Police. Plevy said police have not determined a motive for the crime.

In addition to the attempted murder and kidnapping charges, Miller also was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

The woman, who suffered severe injuries to her face and head, was taken to Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar unit for treatment. She was released Saturday, police said.

Miller is being held without bond, according to Seth Zucker, a spokesman for the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office.

Video surveillance cameras at the nearby Pollo Campero restaurant captured the incident, and the video was made available to media last week.