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Two injured in city fight

one man charged

June 08, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

Two men were injured Monday during a large fight on South Potomac Street, Hagerstown police said.

One of the two men - Robert Brown III, 33, of Temple Hills, Md. - was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property.

Police said the fight broke out about noon in the road near 423 S. Potomac St. About four people were involved.

Police alleged in a press release that Brown used a knife to cut a 33-year-old Hagerstown man on his left hand.

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During the fight, Brown's head was cut, too, but police did not know how it happened.

Police described both injuries as minor.

The Hagerstown man, who was not identified, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Brown was also treated at the hospital and released.

People gathered at the scene declined to talk about the incident.

Two cars were damaged during the fight. A police officer took pictures of both - a maroon Oldsmobile Achieva parked in front of 423 S. Potomac St. and a white Kia Optima parked in front of 411 S. Potomac St. with its hazard lights flashing.

The entire smashed right rear window of the Oldsmobile was lying at the edge of the curb, not far from the broken frame and ripped cushion of a chair.

At about 12:30 p.m., the man who had been stabbed emerged from a pathway on the side of 423 S. Potomac St. and stepped into the back of a Community Rescue Service ambulance. His left hand was wrapped in a blood-stained bandage.

Someone called out, "Gonna get stitches?"

"Yeah," the man called back.

"Call me when you get home," the first man said.

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