A dispute over a pair of $40 roller skates left a 15-year-old Brooklyn Park boy held in jail without bail yesterday, charged with attempted murder, and another teen-ager in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
During a District Court bail review hearing, Judge James W. Dryden ordered Mark Stephen McKenzie Jr., of the 400 block of Audrey Ave., held in the County Detention Center. He is chargedas an adult with hitting 18-year-old Donnie Jay Thomas in the head with a baseball bat Monday night.
Thomas, of the 400 block of Audrey Ave., sustained a fractured skull from the blow when he tried to retrieve the skates he said belonged to him, the police report said.
Mark McKenzie Sr. said he was at work when the incident happened, but he felt the judge was too harsh on his son.
"A girl let (Thomas) in my house, and he (Thomas) came upstairs after my son. The kid took a swing at him, and (young McKenzie) hit him."
The elder McKenzie, who is a single parent, said Thomas bought two pairs of the roller blade skates, one for Mark and one for himself, so they could play hockey together.
"I don't knowwhat the agreement was, if Mark was supposed to pay or what," McKenzie said. "But Mark never mentioned anything like that to me. My impression was that (the skates) were given to him."
According to detectives, Thomas had gone to McKenzie's home at about 2:30 p.m. to get the skates. When McKenzie saw him nearing the home, he armed himself with the baseball bat, the police report said.
Someone let Thomas into the home, and he walked into the dinning room where the skates were on the floor, the report said. When Thomas bent down to pick the skates up, young McKenzie hit him on the head with the bat, the policereport said. Then the boy called the Fire Department.
Several people at the home when officers arrived told officers that they saw McKenzie hit Thomas more then once, the police report said.
The youngMcKenzie was expelled from Brooklyn Park-Lindale Junior High School in October because he got into a fight with two boys who had beaten a10-year-old neighborhood girl, his father said.
"He's really a smart kid," the elder McKenzie said of his son. "He just doesn't think sometimes."