Life in Baltimore County's lush Caves Valley was less than placid Saturday night, when a dispute between prominent caterer Martin Ronald Resnick and two neighbors led to an assault charge against Resnick.
According to a police report, Resnick pulled a .38 caliber revolver from his pocket during the dispute and told his neighbor Arthur E. Allinson, 59, "I will blow your kneecaps off."
Allinson and his wife, Mary Allinson, 45, also told police that xTC Resnick struck them in the face and told them he would never go to jail if he shot them "because I am Martin Ronald Resnick." Resnick owns Martin's Caterers, a chain of six area halls, including Martin's West in Woodlawn, that often are the sites of political fund-raising events.
Police said the incident took place a little after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 2700 block of Caves Road, an exclusive northwest county area. Resnick's home, in the 11100 block of Verdant Road, backs the Allinsons' nine acres.
According to the Allinsons' account in the police report, the dispute involved a privacy fence they were installing between their home and Resnick's.
The report states that Resnick's 16-year-old grandson drove by the Allinsons' house in an all-terrain vehicle, "making rude comments about the fence and both victims."
Resnick, 66, then came out of his house and -- according to Resnick -- was pushed by Arthur Allinson. It was then, the Allinsons told police, that Resnick slapped them both in the face, pulled the gun and pointed it at them.
"We had never met him before," despite living next door for five years, Mary Allinson said yesterday. "I thought he [Resnick] was coming over to talk."
Police confiscated a gun, charged Resnick with first-degree assault and took him to the Garrison station, where he was released on $10,000 bail at 3 a.m. Sunday. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 25 years in prison.
"When the facts are fully aired, Mr. Resnick will be deemed not to have acted improperly," said his lawyer, Paul Mark Sandler, who declined to make any other comment, saying it would be "inappropriate" given the pending charge.
Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.
Pub Date: 7/31/98