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Teen found delinquent in assault

September 23, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 15-year-old boy was found to be delinquent Wednesday in connection with a July assault on a man in an alley behind Holiday Motel in downtown Hagerstown.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the youth sent to the Thomas B. Finan Center's child and adolescent unit, where a psychological evaluation and a drug and alcohol assessment are to be performed prior to his disposition.

During a brief trial, the victim, motel resident Donald Bates, testified that he was assaulted by three males in an alley behind the motel on July 27 at about 2:30 a.m.

Bates testified that one of the males approached him and asked for $5, and when he said he had no money, one of them punched him. He said that the other two group members, one of whom he said was the 15-year-old, kicked him in the ribs and stomach while he was trying to get up from the ground.

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Michael Newman, who lived at the motel at the time of the assault, backed up Bates' story, saying that on that morning he peeked out of his window when he heard yelling and saw a "big black guy swinging Mr. Bates around."

He testified that he saw the respondent "kick (Bates) once that morning."

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