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Police: 2 men planned, coordinated brutal attack on suspect’s employer in Md.

A squad car sits in front of police headquarters. (Photo: Howard County Police Dept.)

Two men have been charged with attempted murder in Howard County after a brutal October attack on the employer of one of the men, police say.

Malcolm Xavier Littlejohn, 20, of Silver Spring, and Eric Ricardo Exum, 48, of Washington, D.C. are accused of planning and coordinating an attack on Paul Albritton, 52, of Sykesville on October 4, according to a statement from Howard County Police.

On the morning of October 4, Albritton stopped his car at a BP gas station in Jessup and entered the store. Exum, who was Albritton‘s employee, was a passenger in the car and waited while Albritton went inside.

When Albritton returned, Littlejohn came up and hit him on the head with a wooden two-by-four and fled the scene, according to the statement.

Albritton was taken to a hospital with a severe head injury. He remains in a long-term care facility, police say.

During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that Exum and Littlejohn had been in regular phone contact in the days before the attack. Exum had called Littlejohn minutes before the attack.

Exum knew that Albritton regularly stopped at the gas station in the mornings to buy various items, police say.

Exum and Littlejohn are both being held at the Howard County Detention Center on no bond.

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