A Maryland man has been charged in the stabbing of a woman with a syringe in a grocery store, police say.
According to an Anne Arundel County Police news release, the attack — which was caught on video surveillance — occurred on Feb. 18 at the entrance of a store in Churchton, Maryland.
The woman reported that she was assaulted by what she believed to be a syringe. In the video, the suspect, identified as Thomas Bryon Stemen, 51, is seen following the victim into the store and then leaning into her to jab the back of her leg with the syringe.
On Tuesday, detectives received a tip and were able to identify Stemen as the suspect. He was arrested on charges of first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to the release.
@AACOPD releases surveillance video after a woman says she assaulted by a man and poked with a syringe at a grocery store in Churchton last week. Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-222-1960 or the tipline 410-222-4700. More tonight on @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/ifucYFd8Y0— Ray Strickland (@realraystrick) February 24, 2020
According to ABC News, the victim has been placed on preventative medications for 30 days as it remains unclear what was in the syringe.
The victim told Fox 5 DC that after the man stabbed her he said, “I know it feels like a bee sting doesn’t it?”
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At first, she thought the suspect burnt her with a cigarette, however, she realized the man had used a syringe after noticing her leggings remained intact.
As of Wednesday, Byron is being held without bail, NBC-affiliate WBAL reported.
Anyone with further information should contact the Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-1960.