More than 20 officers respond to fights at club

6 arrested

May 16, 2000

Several fights outside a club in Rosedale early yesterday drew more than 20 Baltimore County police officers and led to the arrests of six people, including a man accused of firing his gun near the crowd, police said.

Authorities were called to the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway about 2 a.m. to control a fight outside Strawberry 5000.

As police tried to arrest one man, he backed his sport-utility vehicle into an officer standing nearby, brushing his right side, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

The officer was not injured, and another officer sprayed the suspect with pepper spray, Warehime said. Police charged Mark Dwane Karcher, 21, of the 1400 block of N. Montford Ave. with first-degree assault and resisting arrest. He was released on $25,000 bond.

Police said a second man reached into his car, pulled out a small-caliber handgun and fired two rounds into the air.

Three officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop his weapon, Warehime said. The man threw the weapon into the woods, where it was recovered, police said.

Police said Joseph Washington, 23, of the 2600 block of Mura St. in East Baltimore was charged with illegal possession of a handgun and reckless endangerment. He was held overnight at the White Marsh Precinct on $10,000 bail.

Four others were charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey officials and were released.

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