A 19-year-old Forestville man was charged with assault with intent to murder yesterday after the van he was driving struck a man who was trying to stop the vehicle because it had been reported stolen.

Joseph E. Harris Jr. of 8100 block of Dogwood Lane, was arrested by Prince George's County police after Harris walked into police headquarters while trying to escape from an enraged friend of the man hit by the van.

The injured man, Theodore E. Hoffman, 25, of 7127 Halleck Dr., District Heights, was reported in critical condition last night at Prince George's County General Hospital.

Police said the incident yesterday stemmed from the theft Friday of a Rollins Electric Co. van.

According to police, Hoffmann, a Rollins employe, and a friend saw the van in District Heights about 4:45 p.m. They chased the van in Hoffmann's car.

At the 2800 block of Ocala Avenue in Forrestville, Hoffmann's car overtook and passed the van, which was being driven by Harris. Hoffmann jumped from his car began throwing trash and rocks at the van in an attempt to stop it.

Harris hit Hoffmann with the van and continued down the street, police said. Hoffmann's friend sped after him.

At the intersection of Parston Drive and Forrestville Road, the van stalled. Harris hopped out and headed for the county police headquarters on Cryden Way in forrestville to seek refuge, police said.

After telling his story to police in the Criminal Investigations Division, Harris was arrested.