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Retired Baltimore police officer charged in motorcycle-club fight at Dundalk bar

A retired Baltimore police officer was charged this week in connection with a Dundalk bar fight that Baltimore County police say stemmed from a rivalry between motorcycle clubs, according to court documents.

Eric Christopher Jansen, 47, of Dundalk faces charges of first- and second-degree assault, theft and robbery in the February incident. He is a member of the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club, according to court documents.

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Jansen could not be reached for comment. No attorney is listed for him in court records.

According to documents filed in Baltimore County District Court, members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club were attacked Feb. 7 at Kenny B's Blue Marlin bar in Dundalk.

That night, four Iron Order members went to the bar with several women, according to a statement of charges. About 9 p.m., members of another group, the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club, entered the building "and immediately began to physically attack the Iron Order members."

Then several members of the Chosen Sons, including Jansen, arrived and also attacked the Iron Order members, the court documents say.

A county detective wrote in the court documents about an ongoing conflict between the motorcycle clubs that included previous attacks on Iron Order members.

Surveillance footage showed Jansen pushing a woman out of the way to strike a man, and then punching another man twice in the face, according to the court documents. He then appeared to kick someone on the ground.

In the footage, the attackers threw one victim to the ground and attempted to pull off his vest — commonly referred to as "colors" — police wrote in the document. Police added that rival motorcycle clubs often try to steal vests "as a way of disgracing the other club and asserting their own dominance."

The victim was then struck in the left temple with a hammer, which was recovered inside the bar by police. The Iron Order member said his cellphone was stolen in the attack. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the document said.

Three other men were treated at the scene.

Jansen retired from the Baltimore Police Department in September 2014, a department spokeswoman said.

County detectives initially identified Jansen in the surveillance footage because one of them recognized him from their work together last year on the Baltimore County Regional Auto Theft Task Force.

A woman who answered the phone Friday at Kenny B's Blue Marlin declined to comment.

"We don't want to get involved in that," she said.

Members of the three motorcycle clubs and the victims could not be reached to comment Friday.

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A preliminary hearing for Jansen is scheduled for April 3.

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