5 people arrested in melee at Elkridge Days Carnival

June 28, 1996|By Kathleen B. Hennelly | Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A melee involving a sword, a lighted flare, brass knuckles and police pepper spray broke out Wednesday night at the Elkridge Days Carnival off U.S. 1.

In the end, three adults and two juveniles were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to carrying a concealed weapon.

Police reports describe a chaotic scene:

The incident began about 9 p.m., when off-duty Howard County Detective Leslie Stickles saw a man wielding a sword near the dunking booth.

He asked the man, Robert McDonough, 22, of Elkridge, to drop the weapon and he did. McDonough told the detective that someone from a nearby crowd of 30 to 40 people had thrown the sword and it had almost hit his child.

When the detective went to investigate, he found two men on the ground being beaten by the crowd. He dispersed the people -- including, apparently, the victims.

Stickles then saw McDonough waving a lighted flare in the face of a 17-year-old from Baltimore and threatening him. McDonough apparently believed the teen had thrown the sword.

McDonough was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

A few minutes later, Officer Kelly Smith arrived and found three people fighting inside a van. When they refused to get out of the vehicle, he sprayed them with pepper spray.

One of the three ran away. Another, Ryland Spicer, 18, of Lansdowne, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The third -- the 17-year-old threatened earlier with the flare -- was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Because of his age, he was not identified.

Meanwhile, Officer Randall Courson arrived and tried to arrest an Elkridge boy who police believe was involved in the original fight. Smith ordered the 17-year-old to take his hands out of his pockets and lie on the ground. When the teen-ager wouldn't cooperate, Smith hit him with his baton, the report said.

The teen was charged with concealing a deadly weapon (brass knuckles), resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Shortly afterward, officers trying to secure the area told a 20-year-old Baltimore man to leave. He spouted profanities at the officers and refused, police said.

Officers said Otis J. Holley resisted arrest, so they directed pepper spray at him and dragged him into the police car. He was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest.

The three adults were released on their own recognizance. The status of the two juveniles could not be determined.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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