UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute a man who is accused of assaulting and kidnapping a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. Rickley Senning, 24, was originally charged in Montgomery County with kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree assault, auto theft, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after Montgomery County Circuit […]
UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute a man who is accused of assaulting and kidnapping a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge.
Rickley Senning, 24, was originally charged in Montgomery County with kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree assault, auto theft, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton called Montgomery County Police May 19.
“The Montgomery County SA’s office has recused themselves from the case to avoid any conflict of interest since the victim in the case is a Montgomery County judge,” said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office.
Creighton, who has served as an associate judge for Montgomery County’s Circuit Court since April, says Senning assaulted her inside her home and then kidnapped her.
According to charging documents, the two had been living in the same residence for three weeks before the argument occurred. Creighton, 53, told the court she and Senning were lovers, according to a report in The Montgomery County Sentinel.
Creighton alleges Senning assaulted her for arriving home from work too late, according to charging documents. She also alleges Senning was holding a bottle of alcohol in one hand and a glass shard in another when he allegedly pulled Creighton by her hair to her 2016 BMW, and ordered her to drive to Gaithersburg.
Creighton says she feared for her life, according to police, while Senning continued to pull her hair and push her leg into the accelerator pedal.
Creighton pulled into a Harris Teeter parking lot, dove from her BMW and escaped to the inside of the store to call police. Senning, police say, took Creighton’s car and fled the scene, crashing into another vehicle.
The investigating officers determined Senning crossed the double-yellow line to pass a vehicle, colliding head-on with a vehicle traveling in the oncoming lane, according to charging documents.
The two occupants of the struck vehicle were treated for injuries, according to police, and Senning was taken to Suburban Hospital, where he escaped and fled to Miami.
According to The Montgomery County Sentinel, Miami-Dade Police arrested Senning in Miami four days after the incident, and he was extradited back to Maryland.
Senning remains incarcerated on a $500,000 bond.
Creighton and Senning met in 2008 when Creighton served as Senning’s public defender in an assault case, The Montgomery County Sentinel reported. Senning was a client to the Montgomery Public Defender’s Office several times during Creighton’s 20 years as an assistant public defender for the county.
Senning has a history of prior arrests and has previously pleaded guilty to crimes, including third-degree burglary, second-degree assault and the sale, transfer and disposal of a stolen regulated firearm.
The former couple had lived together for three months in the summer of last year.
Creighton is on annual leave, Terri Bolling, spokesperson for the Maryland Judiciary, told The Montgomery County Sentinel.
Special Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Murphy will handle the case in Prince George’s County, Erzen said.