Howard County suspect approached 80-year-old woman from behind, slashed her neck, police say

Howard County police are looking for a suspect who approached an 80-year-old woman from behind, slashed her neck and ran away early Wednesday morning in Columbia.

According to investigators, the attack occurred around 6:35 a.m. in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way in the Owen Brown area.

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The woman, bleeding, was able to make her way back inside the lobby of her senior living facility. 

A neighbor called 911 and she is now in the hospital in stable condition. 

Howard County Police say they don’t have much to go on – just a vague description. The suspect had his face covered, possibly in his 20’s, with a thin build, wearing all dark clothing. He was last seen running in the direction of the Owen Brown Village Center.

The man did not say anything to the victim or take anything from her.

Detectives are working to determine a motive in the case. 

Police are asking anyone who might have information on the incident to call them at (410) 313-STOP.