A Dickerson man got violent last week after he was bitten while trying to pet a dog whose owner had warned him against petting, according to a Frederick police press release.

Roy Alan Davidson, 67, of the 22000 block of Nicholson Farm Road, was walking near West All Saints and South Market streets at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday when he approached a woman walking her dogs and asked if he could pet the animals, according to Monday’s press release. The woman told Davidson she was not comfortable with him petting the dogs, but Davidson tried to pet them anyway. When one of the dogs bit Davidson’s arm, he pulled out a knife and chased the woman down the street, threatening to kill her and her dogs, according to court documents.

The woman called the police when she reached a safe location, and city officers quickly found Davidson walking in the 100 block of South Market Street based on a description provided by the woman. Police found a folding knife in Davidson’s pocket during a pat-down and the woman later identified Davidson by sight, prompting police to charge him with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, the documents state.

Davidson was later taken to the hospital for treatment of his dog bite and intoxication, where it was discovered that the name he had initially given police was fake. Davidson also cursed at and threatened officers in the hospital, prompting further charges of disorderly conduct and making a false statement to police, the documents state.

Davidson remained held without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center as of Monday after a bail review hearing was held Thursday afternoon in district court.

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