1 man hurt in racial melee Police arrest one in Mount Airy fight

March 28, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Police said yesterday that they expect more arrests in connection with a racially motivated Friday night brawl in Mount Airy that left one man critically injured and led to the arrest of another.

The melee, which involved an angry mob of about 75 people and drew some 25 police officers, erupted about 9 p.m. outside the Putt N Fun miniature golf course on Main Street, police said.

State troopers and officers from Carroll and Frederick counties said they feared for their safety when they confronted a combative crowd of mostly men, many of them drunk and insolent.

The fight pitted white men against black youths, witnesses and police said.

It apparently began because a 14-year-old white girl was dating a black youth, angering family and friends, police said.

Police arrested the girl's father, Michael Wade Sirk of Mount Airy, said state Trooper William Long of the Frederick barracks.

Mr. Sirk was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and released without having to pay bond.

"He did not approve of interracial relationships. He told me that several times," Trooper Long said of Mr. Sirk.

Cherokee Roop, 31, of Mount Airy remained in critical condition last night at Frederick Memorial Hospital with head injuries, police said.

Police said last night that they remained uncertain what caused his injuries. Trooper Long said Mr. Roop, who is white and either a friend or relative of Mr. Sirk, apparently had been fighting with a black teen or a group of black teens.

Mr. Roop fell to the ground, hit his head on the sidewalk and lost consciousness, Trooper Long said, and someone summoned Mr. Sirk, who lives nearby.

Also at the fight were other members of the Sirk family, including the 14-year-old girl, who Trooper Long said was "very upset."

Many in the crowd got into shoving matches while police tried to calm them, Trooper Long said.

Some in the crowd screamed racial slurs, witnesses said.

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