2 charged in assault on member of City Council

Pair of Baltimore men are accused in attack on Reisinger outside his bar

July 15, 2004|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore men have been charged with assaulting City Councilman Edward L. Reisinger late Tuesday outside the bar he owns in Morrell Park.

Reisinger said he had stepped outside Good Times, at 2522 Washington Blvd., about 11 p.m. Tuesday to take a call on his cell phone when he noticed a man who lives two doors down throwing trash in the street.

"I just said to him, `Are you going to pick this stuff up? We're trying to keep this neighborhood clean,'" Reisinger, 54, said yesterday. "He laughed and said something to me. And I have a hearing aid, and it was on low. And I went up to him and said, `What you say?'

"Next thing I know, he punched me in my eye. I went to grab him by his shoulder, and the next thing I know somebody banged me in the back of my head, and I went down."

Reisinger said he blacked out briefly after that, and police arrived soon after he regained consciousness. He was treated for cuts to his face at St. Agnes HealthCare and released.

Arrested in the incident were Carroll Hall, 20, of the 2500 block of Washington Blvd. and Steven Joseph Sickle, 20, of the 3200 block of Hilltop Ave. They were charged with assault.

Each man is on probation after convictions for drug possession and drug distribution.

Heather Brafford, who identified herself as Sickle's girlfriend, disputed Reisinger's account. She said she and Sickle were walking down the street that night when they saw the councilman assaulting their friend, Hall. Sickle tried to come to Hall's aid and flagged down a police officer for help, she said.

Brafford said Reisinger and Hall had argued before.

Reisinger said he and Hall had clashed on previous occasions, but this was the first confrontation to turn violent.

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