Crime scene

A 28-year-old Dundalk man was ordered to be held behind bars on attempted murder and kidnapping offenses after being accused of shooting a gun at a female friend in a dispute on the road.

A piece of apple pie which the woman had eaten was the subject of the dispute in a car which landed Eugene Arnell Thomas in the county jail, according to charging papers filed against Thomas, who allegedly struck the woman multiple times and fired a handgun at her on Saturday morning as the two were driving on Eastern Avenue towards Essex.

Charging papers say the woman and Thomas had been spending time together the previous night, and got into a verbal argument in the car where he struck her, and she asked to get out.

The woman told officers interviewing her at the hospital later on that day that she attempted to escape the car as it slowed down, but Thomas had pulled her back in and continued driving, pulling over at the Eastern Avenue ramp for I-695 and stopping, when the woman again attempted to escape.

Thomas then allegedly drew a handgun, saying he would “blow” her, according to charging papers, and fired one round, missing. The woman told officers that Thomas said “you’re lucky I love you” and threatened to go to her house and kill her child.

She told him that she would keep riding with him if he unloaded the gun, charging papers say. When they reached Eastern Boulevard and Mace Avenue, he allegedly took her phone and kept it, she said, before she was able to escape the vehicle and get help from another motorist, and police were called.

Thomas was later located at Dalton Avenue and Lange Street in Dundalk and arrested, with the phone on his person, according to police. In an interview, he admitted to preventing her from leaving the vehicle and said there was a “physical altercation involving a firearm in the area of Eastern Ave and I-695 and that a round was fired at that time,” charging papers say. A later search of the vehicle found a .45-caliber handgun matching the woman’s description, as well as a half-pound of what police believed was marijuana.

The gun was not stolen, but not registered, and police say Thomas is prohibited from possessing firearms because of previous convictions.

Thomas was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder as well as kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault and a variety of other offenses. He was jailed and later ordered to be held without bail pending his court dates.