Man guilty in brutal attack that mimicked karate film Victim, 15, suffered head, eye and facial injuries

January 21, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Severn man who imitated what he saw in a Bruce Lee karate movie pleaded guilty Friday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to bashing in the face of a youth last summer.

Charles Randolph, 18, of the 1800 block of Quebec Road, who was convicted of assault with intent to maim, will be sentenced Feb. 27 by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

Randolph attacked Anthony Scherer, 15, near his home in the 1700 block of Village Square Court in Severn on Aug. 16. Police say two others also attacked the boy.

The youth underwent 10 hours of surgery for a concussion and other head injuries at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was hospitalized for two weeks, lost most of the vision in his right eye, suffered a crushed cheekbone and a crushed eye socket and has 10 coin-sized metal plates in his head.

Randolph could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. But as part of a plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III said that he will recommend a five-year term.

Mr. Davis said Randolph and the others approached the Scherer youth as he stood in his front yard talking to a next-door neighbor about 10:15 p.m.

The boy was struck at least twice by Randolph and once by another 18-year-old, Mr. Davis said.

"They had just watched a karate-type movie and they felt a desire to go out and beat someone up," Mr. Davis said. "Mr. Scherer was picked out just by unfortunate luck."

Gerald Scherer, the victim's father, said that at the time of the attack, he and his wife were watching television in the first-floor living room of their townhouse and that they heard what sounded like a baseball being thrown against his wooden front door.

He looked out of a window and saw his son lying in a neighbor's arms, with blood pouring out of his right eye.

"I ran after them [the assailants], but I couldn't catch them," said Mr. Scherer, a retired Army sergeant.

His son, now 16, said he was satisfied with the guilty plea, but that the attack comes back to him in nightmares.

"I sort of wake up in the middle of the night with chills and a feeling of uneasiness about something," he said.

Mr. Scherer, who manages an information clearinghouse in Columbia, said he is talking to lawyers about the possibility of suing the makers of the 1972 Bruce Lee film, "The Chinese Connection."

"They watched that movie and, from what they saw, they wanted to go out and do something, and they did something, they damaged my son for life," he said.

Joe N. Rider of the 1800 block of Montreal Road in Severn is scheduled to be tried Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to maim in connection with the beating.

A 15-year-old is to be tried in the case in juvenile court, but no date has been set for his hearing.

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