Youths beat man who tries to defend clerk

February 21, 1996

A Stevensville man was kicked and beaten by three boys Sunday when he tried to help a clerk who had refused to sell one of the youths cigarettes, county police said.

Robert J. Skinner, 32, of the 900 block of Kimberly Way was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for facial and head injuries and released.

Police said a youth began causing a disturbance at the Wawa store, Bestgate Road at Admiral Drive, about 7:30 p.m. after a clerk refused to sell him cigarettes.

Mr. Skinner tried to calm the youth, telling him the clerk was just doing her job, but the boy threatened to shoot Mr. Skinner, police said.

Mr. Skinner and the boy continued to argue as they walked outside, and the boy knocked Mr. Skinner to the ground, police said. After he was down, two other youths began kicking the victim, police said.

A passer-by tried to help Mr. Skinner, but was punched in the face, police said. He refused medical treatment.

Police did not have a description of the boys, who ran away.

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