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Del. Dwyer's neighbor charged with assault

By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

7:53 PM EDT, August 20, 2013

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A neighbor of Del. Don Dwyer Jr. was arrested Sunday after police said he assaulted the delegate and sent his dog to attack him.

According to the police report, Dwyer said he was behind his home on Twickenham Road in Pasadena on Sunday afternoon, cleaning crab pots when a neighbor, Brian Andrew Lucabaugh, came over and asked if Dwyer would clean his crab pots, too.

Dwyer agreed, and the neighbor left. When he returned, he did not have his crab pots, but offered a cigarette to Dwyer, according to the police report. When Dwyer responded, "You know I don't smoke," the neighbor became enraged and smacked Dwyer in the face, grabbed him, shoved him to the pier and commanded his 100-pound bulldog to attack him, according to the police report.

Dwyer told police the dog bit him and the neighbor threw him in the water. Dwyer told police he swam under several neighbor's piers to escape. Eventually Lucabaugh left, and Dwyer was able to make it back to his home, according to the report. Two witnesses confirmed Dwyer's account and said the neighbor threatened the delegate with a knife, though police never found a weapon.

An officer who interviewed the neighbor said in the report that the man appeared despondent. According to the report, the officer spotted what he believed to be a drug-related item on his deck, and when officers went to arrest the neighbor, he put up a fight. Officers reported that after they got the man into leg irons, he tried to swallow rocks and gravel from the yard.

Lucabaugh, 49, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. He was being held Tuesday at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis on $150,000 bond.

Dwyer suffered what were described as minor injuries, "bruises, welts, etc.," according to the police report.

pwood@baltsun.com