Man, 18, convicted in attack linked to karate movie

January 24, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An 18-year-old Severn man was convicted of assault and battery in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday for punching a youth last summer while imitating a Bruce Lee karate movie the defendant had just watched with some friends.

Joe N. Rider of the 1800 block of Montreal Road pleaded not guilty in the Aug. 16 attack on Anthony Sherer, but was convicted by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. after prosecutors read a statement of facts.

Rider is to be sentenced March 1.

Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III said the victim, then 15, was talking to a neighbor in front of his house in the 1700 block of Village Square about 10:15 p.m. when Rider and two acquaintances attacked him.

Anthony was hit at least three times in the head, Mr. Davis said. He was hospitalized for two weeks and treated for a concussion and eye injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, he said.

Mr. Davis said Rider and his friends had just finished watching a Bruce Lee karate movie and were intent on acting out what they saw in the film.

An accomplice, Charles Randolph, 18, of Severn, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to maim before Judge Thieme on Jan. 20. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 27.

A hearing date for a 15-year-old charged as a juvenile in the attack has not been set.

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