LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Howard County are searching for a man who they say assaulted a woman and then hit her with a vehicle.
The incident happened around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at a McDonald’s restaurant in the 10000 block of Washington Boulevard. Police said they got a report of a woman being assaulted by a man in a vehicle.
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Officers later determined the two had been fighting inside the vehicle, a white 2018-2020 Audi Q3 or Q5 with a paper temporary tag. The woman then got out of the vehicle, at which point the man briefly left before driving directly at the woman, hitting her and another vehicle.
Police said the man then dragged the woman into the SUV and drove away. It’s unclear if the woman needed medical attention.
“We don’t know what condition [the victim] is in. We don’t know how much medical attention she needs. We’re concerned about the victim, and we’re also concerned somebody so dangerous to do this is still out on the street,” Seth Hoffman, of the Howard County Police Department, said.
The SUV suffered damage to the front quarter panel, headlight assembly and grill on the driver’s side.
Michael Adonis works nearby and said he saw the commotion from his window.
“I saw the vehicle leave,” he said. “It’s just a scary thing to witness to know that’s happening so close to our job.”
Officers have been actively searching the area, including checking local hospitals, but have been unable to locate the vehicle or parties involved.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3700.