Man charged in assaults twice in one day


SMITHSBURG - A man was charged with assault twice in five hours following an ongoing dispute that started Tuesday in a Smithsburg home, Smithsburg Police said.

Brehon Ray Sweeney Jr., 27, of 28 E. Water St. in Smithsburg, was charged with second-degree assault Tuesday evening and released on personal recognizance, police said.

He was back in custody a few hours later, on charges of second-degree assault and marijuana possession, police said.

Smithsburg Police Chief Mike Potter said he was called to 28 E. Water St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a domestic dispute.


When he arrived, the female resident told him her boyfriend was intoxicated and had hit her during a fight.

Her boyfriend "grabbed her by the arms during the argument and pushed her backwards. She ran outside of the residence after a short struggle," charging documents alleged.

According to charging documents, her boyfriend grabbed her and put her in a headlock. A mutual friend intervened and the boyfriend let her go, court papers said.

Potter said Sweeney told police he put her in a headlock because she pushed him and the push "made him mad," according to charging documents.

At 12:41 a.m. Wednesday, the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call for a dispute at 28 E. Water St. involving the same two people.

Deputies found the man in an upstairs bedroom with no pants on.

The girlfriend handed police the boyfriend's pants and deputies searched the pockets before giving them to the man.

Inside the pockets, police found a clear plastic baggy filled with suspected marijuana.

Sweeney was arrested again and charged with second-degree assault and possession of marijuana.

He was released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting $45,000 bond, jail officials said Thursday night.

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