BARTON - A Barton man has been charged with attempted murder after holding a female against her will and threatening her with a gun.

BARTON - A Barton man has been charged with attempted murder after holding a female against her will and threatening her with a gun.
According to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m., deputies responded to an address on Beeman Road in Barton for a check on the well-being of a female.
The initial information provided alleged that a female was being held against her will and had been threatened with a gun.
Deputies responded to the residence and located the female, who was suffering from obvious and significant physical trauma from an assault. It was learned that the female had been held for several days in the residence, where she was assaulted numerous times, strangled to the point of losing consciousness and threatened with a loaded gun.
It was reported that the aggressor had fled the residence prior to the arrival of the deputies.
While still on scene, the deputies learned that the male had hidden his vehicle and had crawled into a hidden attic area of the residence. They located him and placed him under arrest.
The female victim was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by ambulance.
The suspect, 56-year-old John Edward Beeman of Barton, was charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, use of a firearm in a felony/violent crime, wearing or carrying a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm after conviction of a crime of violence, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, possession of a rifle with a felony conviction, and illegal possession of ammo.
Several guns, some of which were loaded, were seized form the residence, including the gun that was described by the victim as the one used to threaten her life.
Beeman was detained at the Allegany County Detention Center pending an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.