St. Leonard, MD – A Calvert County man is being held without bond following an alleged assault at the St. Leonard residence of his former fiancé. Police investigating the allegations reported the assault occurred during the early morning hours of Aug. 12. The accused is identified as Bradley Mitchell Petty, 29 of Lusby. Petty is awaiting a preliminary hearing in District Court Friday, Sept. 7. He is charged with first-degree burglary, home invasion, theft $100 to under $1,500 and second-degree assault.

In documents on file in District Court, Tfc. W. Costello stated that he was dispatched to the residence where the attack allegedly occurred shortly before 2 a.m. The victim “advised that she had just been assaulted by her ex-fiance, Bradley Mitchell Petty. She advised she was woken up by Petty striking her in the left eye with a ‘lollipop’ and he began manually strangling and shaking her. She stood up in her bedroom and Petty was shouting at her and advised that he had been in her residence for two hours looking through her phone. Petty accused her of ‘cheating’ on him and continued to strangle her with both hands around her neck, temporarily blocking her airway, stopping her from breathing.”

The victim told the state trooper that Petty also “pinned her against the wall, shook her violently and her head was repeatedly striking the wall on the backside of her head.” According to Costello, the victim reported she had been previously assaulted by Petty. The victim also wasn’t sure how Petty was able to get into the residence.
Costello described the victim’s injuries in the court documents. “I observed red marks around her neck, on her back, head and on her left leg,” he stated. “She had a scratch on her back and her lip was red. [The victim’s] left eyelid was swollen, drooping and red. Her left cheek was swollen.” Costello stated the victim was taken to Calvert Health Medical Center and later transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital to be seen by an ophthalmologist.

A warrant was issued for Petty’s arrest and he was in police custody the following day.

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