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7 Arrested Following Towson Fights

Fights erupted outside the Recher Theatre where a crowd of about 2,500 gathered Sunday morning.

Seven people were arrested for disorderly conduct or assault after fights broke out outside Recher Theatre early Sunday morning.

Brian Recher, owner of the theater, said tickets for a clothing drive hosted Saturday night were sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Recher said the event was put on by the Theta Mu Mu chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a post-collegiate group not affiliated with any university.

Once the venue was filled to capacity, people were turned away, he said.

"Everybody inside was well-behaved," he said. "Everybody had a great time; there were no problems."

Baltimore County police said fights erupted among those waiting outside the Recher who did not gain admission to the event. The crowd totaled an estimated 2,500 people.

Initial reports incorrectly identified The Greene Turtle as the location where the incident occurred.

In a statement, police said additional officers and K9 units assisted those who were already assigned to the area to control the violence. They noted that the majority of people were cooperative. However, seven arrests were made.

The identities of those arrested and the charges against them are listed below from a police news release:

  • Junior Ramsey, 23, of the 6600 block of 24th Street in Hyattsville was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
  • Steven Daniels, 25, of the 800 block of Dartmouth Road in Baltimore was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, obstructing and hindering, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
  • Dimante Fox, 19, of the 1300 block of Pentwood Road in Baltimore was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second degree-assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
  • Chad Schultz, 24, of the 2300 block of Chetwood Circle in Lutherville-Timonium was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order.
  • Benjamin Aduna, 21, of the unit block of Brookings Court in Parkville was charged with failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
  • Two additional suspects were charged on criminal citations for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

Three officers received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assaults, police said.

Detectives are also investigating the shooting of a 20-year-old man, which they said is connected with the fights, contrary to initial reports. The man flagged down an officer after he was shot in the hand.

The man was shot by another man who was inside a dark colored vehicle, the release reads. The man, who had come to attend the Recher Theatre event, was walking to his own car, which was parked at a garage in the Towson Town Center. Police said the shooter fled in the vehicle.

Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said Recher Theatre is well-respected in the local business community.

"It was just an unfortunate, isolated incident," she said.

Councilman David Marks, who spent much of the day communicating with police, business owners and Towson University representatives echoed Hafford's sentiments. He said he did not hear much complaints about the incident from community members.

"I do think, however, that as development continues [in that area], we need to start talking about increased security," he said.

Mukesh September 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Everything was fine 'inside' the Recher. The owners have responsibility for the outside as well. They failed miserably in their fiduciary obligation to control this event. Make no mistake, this was a riot - pure & simple. And Mr. Patch - get a FOIA going to get the true snapshot of the police agencies called in for assistance - you'll see Harford County Sheriffs; Howard County Police; MTA Police, MDTA Police; & Baltimore City Public School Police. It was much worse than anything stated in the press or publically. The powers that be are suppressing the story. There is a vermin, of all colors - shapes - & sizes - creeping into Towson's core. See this event as a microcosm of civil failure.
dave September 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Born and raised in Towson. Mid 30s. Went to Towson high etc .. My wife and I frequent the restaurants bars weekly. In the past 6 months we witnessed. May 2012 a large black male stole a laptop from a small Asian woman in borders books as she drank coffee. The guy ran for the door and the clerk was in his way so he picked her up threw her down. He got away. Not reported on police blog. June. Two black males being chased in a stolen car. They bailed near the circle and the car drifted into another car. The bad guys got away. Never saw it in police blog. June. Wife and I walk from Towson Town center to Borders. Harassed by 2 teen black males until we flagged a cop car. Teens ran away. June Trader Joe robbed while we were in the store!! Black male tried to over power the managers. Not sure if he got away August. My car was broken into parked in Trader Joe garage area. Last Saturday. Sitting in 7 west, police rush in tell everyone to depart. Bar must close due to rioting. Dozens more stories from friends included my friend who is a female. Gun to her head robbed near Kenilworth as she returned home from work. Black male. Mom lives in Ruxton. Cars broken into weekly. Police say peole from the city due to 83 easy escape. Time to move my freinds. The City cancer has spread. its terminal.
Parkvillehoney September 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I believe every word you said. Sad to say, note it is a black person committing the crime. I hope Baltimore County Police and the Baltimore County politicans wake up. We need more bike patrols and walking police presence in Towson. If a crime is committed I am sure an officer on a bike would be valuable in apprehending the offender. I hope Towson doesn't have spotty crime like the trendy areas of Fells Point and Canton.
Mukesh September 28, 2012 at 02:36 AM
The end of times.
Towson4Now October 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Dave let me add to your list. To: All Faculty and Staff <allusers@towson.edu>, All Students <allstudents@towson.edu> CRIME ALERT: On Campus/Fourth Degree Sex Offense October 4, 2012 Towson University Police Department 410-704-4444 Incident Summary On October 3, 2012 Towson University Police Department received information that a student had attended the Homecoming Football Game on September 22, 2012 and upon its completion, began to walk to her apartment at Towson Place Apartments. At some time and place between Unitas Stadium and Towson Place Apartments, while still on campus, four black males surrounded the victim and began touching her body. When the four males separated slightly, the victim ran to her apartment. Towson University Police are continuing to investigate the incident and will notify the campus community when more detailed facts are developed. Anyone who saw the incident or has information is asked to call the Towson University Police Department at 410-704-4444.

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