COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Howard County are searching for a man they said assaulted an 80-year-old woman in Columbia Wednesday morning.
The woman was reportedly on her morning walk in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way around 6:35 a.m. when the man came up behind her, cut her neck and fled the scene toward the Owen Brown Village Center.
Police said the suspect did not take anything from her or say anything to her. They’re working to determine what caused the incident.
“The man didn’t say anything to the victim, he didn’t take anything from her, we don’t know that this was a robbery attempt,” Sherry Llewyn, of the Howard County Police Department, said. “And so we’re asking for the public to help us with any information that might be available.”
The suspect is described as a man with a thin build, possibly in his 20s. He was wearing all dark clothing and had his face covered.
People who live off of Cradlerock Way – including Thomas Ponton – say they regularly walk and feel safe in the area.
“I’ve never heard of something like that happening to anyone, let alone an 80-year-old person,” Ponton said.
“It’s a question as to why they would do it, why they would hurt someone who potentially, probably couldn’t do much back to them,” neighbor Sarah Howlett said.
The victim is in stable condition at Shock Trauma.
Anyone with information should call police at 410-313-STOP or email HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.