ODENTON, Md. - A 32-year-old Odenton man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly kidnapped, beat and robbed his girlfriend.
Anne Arundel County police said Jim Brown Nichols was charged with abduction, kidnapping, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, destruction of property and theft in connection to the attack against the 25-year-old victim.
Police said at approximately 9:49 p.m. officers responded to the 1100 block of Monie Road in Odenton for a report of a domestic-related assault.
A witness told police her roommate was assaulted and forcefully taken by her boyfriend. She added that the suspect, later identified as Nichols, struck, strangled and threw the victim around in several yards in the 1000 block of Monie Road.
Nichols then allegedly pulled the victim by her hair, grabbed the victim's purse and dumped the contents of the purse on the ground. He then smashed her cell phone and took a bottle of her prescription medication.
After that, police said, Nichols pulled her by her hair again and forced her into her vehicle, driving off with the victim in the vehicle.
At one point, the victim jumped out of the vehicle as it was moving. However, Nichols stopped the vehicle and pulled her back in by her hair. Police said he finally arrived at his relative's address in Glen Burnie and the victim was able to retrieve her vehicle and return home.
Police said they eventually found Nichols hiding in a storm drain in a wooded area across the street from his relative's home in the 6300 block of Smithy Square in Glen Burnie.
The suspect was apparently under the influence of drugs during the incident, police said.
The executive director of the House of Ruth Maryland says the signs of abuse should be evident to friends, family, and even strangers.
"The victim is often nervous in the presence of her partner, always trying to please him. There could be excessive texts, e-mails, phone calls in order to track and stalk and harass," said Sandi Timmins.
Timmins says one in four women will be in an abusive relationship in her lifetime.