Former Maryland football player stabbed in Towson bar fight
By By Jon Meoli and Jeff Barker and Baltimore Sun Media Group
Apr 22, 2013 | 10:55 PM
A man stabbed multiple times in a weekend bar fight in Towson was identified by officials as a former University of Maryland football player.
Ryan Schlothauer was injured after intervening in an argument between the accused stabber and a female acquaintance Saturday morning at the Charles Village Pub on Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, police said Sunday.
Schlothauer is a Maryland tight end and special-teams player who exhausted his eligibility after last season. Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Monday that he visited Schlothauer in an area hospital, where police said Schlothauer was being treated for "serious but non-life-threatening injuries."
Edsall released a statement about Schlothauer on Monday in response to The Baltimore Sun's request.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and his family. He was the victim of a very serious crime," Edsall said in the written statement. "I had an opportunity to visit with Ryan at the hospital this weekend. We wish him well with his recovery, and I look forward to seeing him back on campus. I know all of his teammates were concerned about his well-being and will be there to support him."
After graduating a year ago as a business operations management major, Schlothauer, who attended Eastern Technical High School in Essex, was accepted into the MBA program in Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. He has continued to work out on campus and see his friends.
"All the years that I've been coaching, I don't remember having a player in the MBA program," Edsall said last year.
Schlothauer, who is 6-feet-5, 260 pounds, has said he would like to play in the NFL but will prepare for a business career if football does not pan out.
Police said Nicholas Jarrad Jones, 22, of the 700 block of Richwood Avenue, Baltimore, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. He is currently being held without bail.
Robert Lee Blackshire II, 21, of the 6800 block of Barnett Road, in the Glendale area, was charged with second-degree assault in the incident. He is accused of attacking a friend of Schlothauer, police said. According to online court records, Blackshire was released on bail Monday.
Attorneys for Jones and Blackshire were not listed in the Maryland Judiciary Case Search database.
Baltimore County Police planned to have a heavy presence in the Towson area Friday night for Towson University's annual spring concert, Tigerfest.
Police said 26 additional officers were scheduled to patrol the area until 3 a.m. Saturday. Stormy weather cut Tigerfest short before headliner Wiz Khalifa could perform, and Charles Village Pub Owner Melony Wagner said business was "slower than normal" because of the weather.
Wagner praised her security staff for its efforts and said "there's nothing else I can do" about incidents like Saturday's. In December 2012, Cockeysville resident Francis Kang was arrested for attempted murder in the shooting of another man after leaving Charles Village Pub.
"We try 100-percent to do everything the right way," Wagner said.
Towson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Hafford said the community is behind Charles Village Pub.
"Whenever there's an incident, the business community and residential community along with the Police Department, we work together," Hafford said. "We do not tolerate anything. If you're going to come to Towson and be an idiot, we're going to take you down."