Man accused of beating ex-girlfriend unconscious with bat

(PHOTO: Charles Co. Sheriff's Office)

CHARLES CO. – Deputies charged a man with first-degree assault after he allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend unconscious with a baseball bat.

The woman told authorities she was sitting in a vehicle in Newburg, Maryland when her former boyfriend, 56-year-old Russell Holton, of Severn, confronted her.

Deputies say Holton struck her vehicle with a baseball bat and demanded she exit the car. When she refused, officials say Holton tried to open the car door.

The woman drove off, but Holton followed her in his van. Holton tried to drive the woman off the road and struck her car from behind several times, deputies say.

Eventually, the woman reached an area where she could no longer drive. That’s when, deputies say, Holton jumped out of his van and smashed the woman’s car window.

He pulled the woman out of the car and hit her multiple times with the bat until she became unconscious.

When the woman woke up, she was in Holton’s van. Deputies say Holton was about to hit the woman again when a passerby intervened.

Holton fled the scene and the victim was taken to a hospital.

Officers say they obtained an arrested warrant for Holton and found in King George, Virginia hiding in a closet.

Once Holton is extradited to Maryland, deputies say he will be charged with first-degree assault and other related charges.