Man held in assault outside bar

November 28, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man is being held without bail at Carroll County Detention Center on attempted murder charges stemming from an assault outside a Westminster bar and restaurant.

Keith M. Welsh, 23, of the 900 block of Rolling Ridge Drive also faces charges of armed robbery, robbery, assault and theft over $300 in the incident, which occurred last week outside Johanssons on West Main Street.

Prosecutors said Welsh was free on bond in an unrelated armed robbery case when police arrested him Tuesday.

In charging documents, police said they found Gary Garland, 32, bleeding and unconscious, in a West Main Street parking lot across from Johanssons Nov. 20 just after midnight.

The victim, whose address was not immediately available, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remains in serious condition with head, face and eye injuries, police said yesterday.

Police said the man was robbed of $3,000 and a pair of diamond earrings. He had been struck with a heavy, blunt object, police said.

A bar employee told police that the victim had bought a round of drinks before leaving and that two men followed the victim outside and were seen talking to him a few minutes before he was found injured.

Welsh was identified as one of the two men, police said. The other, who was wearing a hooded sweat shirt pulled tightly around his face, remains at large, police said.

Welsh is scheduled to appear for trial Dec. 5 in Carroll County Circuit Court on the unrelated armed robbery charges.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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