A man being held in Anne Arundel County on a traffic charge was charged in a warrant Thursday by Prince George's County police with two counts of assault for allegedly threatening children earlier this week as they passed through a wooded area near Valley View Elementary School in Oxon Hill.
The children told police that a knife-wielding man had made threatening noises at them in the woods.
Police said the man named in the warrant, Glenn Curtis Guthridge, 23, of no fixed address, has been held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center since Tuesday, charged with driving on a revoked license. A detention center spokeswoman said he has been unable to post a $150 bond. He will be detained in Anne Arundel until prosecutors decide which case will be tried first, a Prince George's spokesman said.
The warrant charging Guthridge with assault was based on descriptions of the assailant supplied by three children, police spokesman Bob Law said.
Police said the alleged assailant apparently hid along a path through a wooded area used by several students as a shortcut from their homes in the Oxon Hill Village apartment complex on Alice Avenue to the school at 5500 Danby Ave.
Mary Earl, who lives in the complex, said her two children encountered a man on their way home from school Monday afternoon.
"They came in here running and screaming," Earl said. "I went outside and saw other children running to their homes." She said that since the incident, her husband Francis and other adults have escorted children who live in the complex to school.
Myra Bernard, who also lives in the apartment complex, said her 9-year-old daughter was with a group of children who had been chased by "a bizarrely dressed man" Monday afternoon. She said her daughter hasn't wanted to walk through the woods without an adult since then. Neither Bernard's daughter nor Earl's two children talked to police about the incident.
Jacqueline Lendsey, a spokesman for Prince George's County schools, said the Valley View principal notified police about the incidents, as did parents.
Law, the police spokesman, said undercover officers set up a stakeout in the wooded area Tuesday and uniformed officers stepped up foot patrols in the area.