Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore man charged after attempting to run over police officers

Victor Jerome RybakA Baltimore man has been charged with first-degree assault after attempting to run down two Baltimore County police officers in the Nottingham area.

Just before 12:30 p.m. on May 29, police responded to a home along King Richard Court, 21237, for a report of stalking. When officers arrived at the scene, they met with a woman who told them that she dated a man for two months and that they had broken up about a week ago. Since then, the man had been contacting her and coming to her home despite her telling him to leave her alone.

The man was not present at the location when officers arrived, but as officers were leaving, one of them noticed a vehicle that matched the woman’s description of her ex-boyfriend’s vehicle. The vehicle, a white Ford Expedition, had begun circling the parking lot. The officer exited his vehicle to motion for the Expedition to stop. Instead of stopping, the vehicle sped toward the officer and continued until the officer had to get out of the way to avoid being struck.

The second officer also motioned for the Expedition to stop but also had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the truck.

Officers pursued the Expedition southbound on Philadelphia Road until it crashed into two other cars and stopped. The driver of the Expedition, the man that the woman had previously described, was taken into custody.

The man has been identified as 48-year-old Victor Jerome Rybak of Highlandtown. He has been charged with two counts of first degree assault, numerous traffic charges, and other related criminal charges. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail.

Neither officer was injured during the incident.

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