Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Attempted murder charge in flashlight assault

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A Gaithersburg woman was hospitalized early Sunday after an argument with her boyfriend where he allegedly beat her in the head with a flashlight, according to court documents.

Lenin Enrique Martinez, 19, of the 100 block of Sloop Court in Gaithersburg, was charged with attempted second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault, according to police charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court.

Police arrived at 12:38 a.m. at the 600 block of Coral Reef Drive in south Gaithersburg, for the report of shots fired, but instead found a man with a bloody shirt running from a home, the documents state.

They also found a nearly unconscious woman lying in a pool of blood, the documents state. After police gave chase, the man stopped and dropped a flashlight, and reportedly said that he hoped she dies, the documents state.

The woman was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, according to a statement. Her condition was unavailable, but she had non-life-threatening injuries, Gaithersburg police spokeswoman Elena Ingram said.

The woman identified her attacker as her boyfriend, and said their confrontation started over his drinking at a wedding reception earlier in the evening, according to the charging documents.

Martinez was being held in lieu of $1 million bond, a jail representative said.