By Jack Toomey
Montgomery County police are investigating an incident where a twenty-four-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a woman from her Poolesville area home. The suspect, Rickley Senning, was arrested in Miami, Florida on May 27and presumably will be returned to Montgomery County to face the charges. Police have obtained warrants charging Senning with Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Assault, and Auto Theft.
Police said that on May 19, the woman, identified by media outlets and court documents as Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton, and Senning were home together when the man demanded that she drive him to Gaithersburg. He forced her into the car, assaulted her, and then held her foot to the accelerator to make the car go faster. The Monocle is not identifying the location of the residence out of concern for the safety of the victim.
When the car reached Darnestown, Creighton jumped out and ran towards the Harris Teeter store where she called 911. Senning, then drove the car about a mile before becoming involved in a three-car collision. He was taken to Suburban Hospital but left before he could be interviewed by police.
It was learned that Creighton had allowed Senning to live in her home for several weeks in May and for a time in 2013. Senning is a convicted felon with past arrests for robbery, possession of a firearm, possession of drugs, assault, and convictions for second degree assault and burglary. The day after the incident, Creighton appeared before another judge and sought a protection order which was granted. At that time, she admitted that she was in a relationship with Senning. Creighton, when she was a public defender, represented Senning in a trespassing case in 2008. She had been a District Court judge until a month ago when Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed her to the Circuit Court. According to her online profile, Creighton is a graduate of Thomas Wootton High School, the University of Maryland, and earned her law degree at the University of Baltimore Law School. She was an attorney in the Montgomery County Public Defenders Office for twenty years until being appointed to the bench in 2010.
Senning is believed to have suffered injuries in the wreck which could have disabled him. His social media accounts have not been used since the day of the incident.
Creighton did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment.