HIV-positive man bit security guard in fight, police say

June 20, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man -- who has tested positive for the AIDS virus -- was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly biting a security guard during a struggle at a Target Store in Frederick.

Eric Orlando Glaspie, 20, of the 5000 block of Goodnow Road was charged with various counts of theft and assault. He voluntarily gave a blood sample and tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus, said Deputy 1st Class Rick Winer.

Frederick County Sheriff's Office officials said Glaspie went to the Target in the 5400 block of Urbana Pike at about 3: 30 p.m. Friday and presented an altered check to the clerk. Kyle Bitterling, a Target regional manager, said the Glaspie was attempting to buy about six items, including a cordless phone.

"The check had a number rubbed off," Bitterling said.

When a clerk notified store security, the man ran toward the door, police said. Three store security guards and an off-duty Montgomery County police officer shopping at the store tried to stop him, they added.

A store security camera captured the incident, Winer said.

Glaspie "wanted to get out of there," Winer said. "It was a violent fight; it was more like a free-for-all."

During the one-minute fight, the man bit one of the security men in the right arm, leaving top and bottom teeth marks and drawing blood, Winer said.

Soon after, officers were able to handcuff him. During the ambulance ride, he told officials he was HIV-positive.

In January, Glaspie was charged with 49 counts of using computer-generated checks to buy $1,400 worth of merchandise at a number of shops in Westminster, Carroll County.

Officials set Glaspie's bail at $850,000 in Friday's incident. He is being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

The security guard returned to work yesterday.

First-degree assault carries a maximum 30-year penalty.

Pub Date: 6/20/99

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