Fight over political signs leads to razor knife attack in Street, police say

A missing political sign prompted a fight that led to one Street man being cut by another, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported.

Michael Folino, 52, of the 3200 block of Conowingo Road, allegedly assaulted Kevin Collini, 55, at about 9:56 p.m. on Sunday after Collini noticed his signs promoting Jeff Gahler for Harford County sheriff were missing along Route 1 north of Bel Air, according to the statement of charges. But, according to online court records, it was Collini who ended up charged with assault.

Collini said he texted tenants in the apartment building and asked if anyone had seen his signs. He said he was in the middle of sending Folino a text when he heard someone banging on the door, according to the statement of charges.

When he opened the door, Collini said, Folino was getting in his face and allegedly threatening him, eventually allegedly shoving him backward and punching him on the side of his head, according to the statement of charges.

Folino allegedly kicked him in the knee and Collini said he kicked him back, according to the statement of charges. Collini said Folino then allegedly charged him and slammed shut the door of Collini's vehicle, according to the statement of charges.

Collini told police he ultimately pulled out a razor knife he had in his pants pocket and swung it at Folino defensively, according to the statement of charges. He said he struck Folino across the chest, but was not sure of his injuries, according to the statement of charges.

Folino was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to the statement of charges.

His injuries were not life-threatening and he was released several hours later, Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said.

Police were initially planning to charge Folino, but later determined Collini is the suspect, Hopkins said Monday.

Collini, whose address in court records is listed as the 4000 block of Prospect Road in Street, was charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault, according to online court records. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Gahler, a Republican, is one of several people seeking the elected office of Harford sheriff next year. He lost the 2010 general election to Sheriff Jesse Bane, a Democrat, who has said he intends to run for a third term.

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