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Salisbury Woman Recounts Horseback Riding Scare


SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury mother and daughter went out for a ride on their horses Friday -- something they have been doing together for 28 years. But this time, their afternoon adventure took a terrifying turn.

"We were walking along those wood lines over there," said Ashley Desjardins, pointing out the area, just about a hundred feet from her family farm, where she and her mother got the scare of a lifetime.

"I was like, okay, we really need to get out of this area," Desjardins recalled.

A man, identified as 56-year-old Hiram Collins, suddenly came out of a home holding a rifle.

"I was just thinking that, dear gosh, please let us be okay after this," Desjardins said. "Please don't let anything happen to my mom or my horse."

The pair quickly rode off, seeking shelter in the woods, when shots were fired right in their direction.

"I heard it ricochet off the trees, which was very intimidating," she noted. "Of course, I wasn't going to stare down the barrel of the gun. I was more concerned for my mother, who was in front of me, and my horse underneath of me."

The women had gotten permission to ride on the property from the owner, which is something Desjardins says is a matter of common courtesy and safety.

"If you don't have permission, and something happens on their land, it's hard to say who's at fault," she explained.

According to Desjardins, the whole incident left the horses a little spooked; she and her mom -- shaken up. It was an experience she never wants to relive.

"For all of our safeties and horse safety, we want to make sure this doesn't happen again," she said.

Collins was arrested on assault and reckless endangerment charges. Desjardins told WBOC he is the brother of the property owner.

Collins' trial is set for next month.


From Monday:

SALISBURY, Md.- According to police, two women were horseback riding in Salisbury Friday afternoon, when a man came after them with a rifle.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said the man, identified as Hiram Collins, 56, came out of a residence in the 9000 block of Spring Hill Lane, brandishing a rifle. Officials said the two women proceeded to ride out of the area, and subsequently heard two gunshots. According to the riders, they believed Collins was intentionally firing in their direction, because the fired projectiles struck the woods in their vicinity.

A responding deputy located Collins outside the residence, at which time Collins explained that he wanted to scare the two riders away from his property. Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered Collins was not the property owner. The deputy was able to locate the actual owner, who stated the women had permission to ride their horses on the property.

Collins was arrested and transported to Central Booking, where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Collins was detained in lieu of $50,000 bond, and charged with two counts each of assault and reckless endangerment.

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