Father beaten retrieving daughter 4 suspects arrested and charged. One a teen-ager, police say.

June 29, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer Staff Writer William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

A 29-year-old man was seriously injured late last night when he was beaten by several people on the street as he attempted to get his 12-year-old daughter to return home.

Four suspects, one of them a 16-year-old boy, were arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder.

The victim, Leonard Warfield Downing of the 3000 block of Spaulding Ave., was listed in critical condition today at Sinai Hospital.

Northwestern District police said Mr. Downing went out looking for his daughter who had left their home.

He found her at Park Heights and Woodland avenues shortly after 11 p.m. and ordered her to go home.

Four young men standing on the corner objected and attacked him.

The youths beat Mr. Downing with their fists and knocked him to the pavement.

Witnesses told police one youth kicked the man in the head as he lay on the ground.

Mr. Downing got up and ran from the attackers. He collapsed in the 4800 block of Park Heights Ave.

Police officer who responded to an assault call found Mr. Downing on the street bleeding from extensive head wounds. He was rushed to the hospital.

The girl stayed with her father after the attack and gave police descriptions and other information, police said.

Later, police arrested three men and a juvenile in the 5100 block of Park Heights Avenue.

Charged with assault with intent to murder and related offenses are Michael Jarmane Watkins, 19, of the 4900 block of Denmore Ave.; John Dixon, 21, and Aswad Kareem Estreet, 18, both of the 5900 block of St. Regis Road; and Anthony T. Brooks, 16, of the 4900 block of Lanier Ave.

The Brooks youth was charged as an adult, police said.

Police said the four were held overnight at the station pending bail hearings today before a District Court commissioner and possible appearances before a judge.

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