A man was charged with first-degree assault Monday after police said he slashed a woman’s arm with a razor on the east side of Frederick.

Lawrence William Starkey, 38, of no fixed address, was arrested shortly after police responded to the traffic circle on South East Street near Monocacy Boulevard at 7:46 p.m. for reports of an assault, according to charging documents.

Officers found a woman lying in the grass who told them that Starkey had attacked her with a straight razor, cutting her arm when she lifted her arms to protect herself. The woman also said Starkey punched her until she briefly lost consciousness and continued kicking her after she fell to the ground, showing the officers injuries, the documents state.

Starkey, who was found nearby, denied assaulting the woman when he was questioned by officers, telling them that he believed she was intoxicated and had likely fallen, according to the documents. Along with first-degree assault, Starkey was also charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, court records indicate.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Starkey remained held without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, according to online court records.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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