Two 15-year-old youths were charged as adults yesterday with attempted murder after a 24-year-old man was severely beaten last Friday with his own baseball bat as he was about to leave Patterson Park.
State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms said the charges were filed against Keith M. Robinson of the 1000 block of North Collington Avenue and James I. Holley 3rd of the 2500 block of Ashland Avenue after a review of investigative accounts of the attack.
In addition to attempted murder, both youths were charged with assault with intent to murder and assault, said Mr. Simms. The Robinson youth, who attends Hampstead Hill Middle School, also was charged with a deadly weapon violation.
Both were taken to the Southeastern District police lockup last night for a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner. A 13-year-old also accused of participating in the assault was charged, as a juvenile, with attempted murder and was awaiting a hearing last night.
The victim, Expedito "Pedro" Lugo of the 400 block of North Kenwood Avenue, suffered a fractured skull and was in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Mr. Simms also said an assistant state's attorney spoke with Mr. Lugo's family yesterday to explain the charges against the youths and to help the family apply for victim's compensation.
Mr. Lugo's beating has aroused neighborhood fears of marauding youths. Yesterday, school officials met at Hampstead Hill Middle School to devise ways to better control the flow of 1,200 youngsters out of that school each afternoon. They announced changes to take effect next week, including dismissing children in two shifts and increasing police patrols around the school, school spokesman Douglas J. Neilson said.
Starting Tuesday, sixth-graders and special education students will be dismissed 10 minutes early, at 2:30 p.m., Mr. Neilson said. Seventh- and eighth-graders will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m., he said.
A trust fund has been created by the McElderry-Decker and Kenwood-Jefferson Community Associations to help Mr. Lugo's family pay for some of the medical costs. Donations can be made to the Golden Prague Federal Savings & Loan Association at 2921 McElderry St., Baltimore 21205.