Man sought after attack on 2 others with bricks Edgewater man accused of assault in garage

October 07, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police have issued a warrant for the arrest of an Edgewater man after two men were attacked with bricks Saturday in the garage of a home in Edgewater.

Colleen Brown, 47, of the 800 block of Hillside Drive in Edgewater told police she heard shouting in her garage shortly before midnight and called police. When she went to the garage to check, she found two men throwing bricks and stones at her son, Thomas Harris, and his friend Gene Bittinger, also of Edgewater, police said.

Brown grabbed a broomstick and approached one of the attackers, but the man yanked the stick from her and struck her on the left hand with it, police said.

The men then ran to a waiting white Jeep and fled just as Officer Bradley Lytle arrived, police said. Lytle stopped the Jeep and got the names and addresses of the five men inside, then let them go and returned to the house.

Bittinger and a woman who was in the garage but was not involved in the fight identified Jason J. Knapp, 20, of the 300 block of Clubhouse Road, a passenger in the Jeep, as one of the assailants, police said. They did not identify the other.

Later, the driver of the Jeep, whom police did not identify, told police that Knapp had a grudge against Bittinger but did not specify the reason, police said.

Lytle went to Knapp's house, but could not find him and obtained a warrant charging Knapp with first-degree assault in the attack.

Harris and his mother were treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released. Bittinger was cut and his face was swollen, but he refused medical treatment.

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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