Fourth man arrested in '92 melee at gay bar

June 23, 1993|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

Six days into the trial of three Dundalk men for their roles in what has been described as a "gay-bashing" incident, a fourth suspect was arrested yesterday as he stood outside a Baltimore courtroom.

Jeffrey Bouchard, 23, was apprehended in the hallway of the Courthouse East building of Baltimore Circuit Court.

After appearing in court for the start of the defense phase of the trial, Mr. Bouchard was promptly identified by witnesses as the fourth man said to have instigated a March 27, 1992, melee outside of Numbers, a Canton bar that served a predominantly gay clientele, police said.

NB During the brawl, two patrons of the bar were struck by a car,

testimony in the trial has shown.

Mr. Bouchard of the 300 block of S. Woodyear St. in Southwest Baltimore was charged with assault with a vehicle with attempt to maim or murder, attempted murder and a weapons charge, police said.

On trial in connection with the incident are Anthony M. Ambrosino Jr., 22, and brothers James A. Randolph, 24, and Matthew T. Randolph, 21, all of Dundalk.

Bar patrons have testified that Mr. Ambrosino taunted them with slurs such as "fag," sparking a fight that escalated when the men produced baseball bats and other weapons from the trunk of Mr. Ambrosino's car.

Testifying yesterday, Mr. Ambrosino denied taunting the men. Mr. Ambrosino also said that the bar patrons produced the baseball bat.

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