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Two men from Westminster and Sykesville charged with assault after wielding machete, baseball bat

Two men from Westminster and Sykesville charged with assault after wielding machete, baseball bat
Aaron Branham Jr., left, and Richard Sickler Sr. (Courtesy photos)

A Westminster man and a Sykesville man have both been charged with assault after allegedly wielding weapons — a machete and a metal baseball bat — against each other earlier this month.

Aaron L. Branham Jr., 46, of the unit block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Westminster, was arrested Thursday and charged with first- and second-degree assault. He posted $2,500 bond and was released as of Friday, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, another man, Richard L. Sickler Sr., was waving a metal baseball bat and yelling at Branham, who appeared unarmed, when police arrived at the scene on June 8.

Sickler told police that Branham had attacked him with a machete before they arrived and threatened to kill Sickler and his wife, so he grabbed a two-by-four to protect himself, the statement read.

Branham’s wife confirmed to police that Branham had tossed the machete behind their home before police got to the scene, according to the statement.

Sickler, 59, of the 7000 block of Second Ave. in Sykesville, was also arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and dangerous weapon with intent to injure. He posted $20,000 bond and was released June 8.

Branham was initially transported to Carroll Hospital for treatment for a wound on his left elbow, according to the statement, and his arrest warrant was not served until Thursday.

The Sykesville Police Department responded to the incident.

Branham has a court date is scheduled for Aug. 2, and Sickler has one scheduled for July 12. Sickler is being represented by a public defender who was not named in electronic court records. No attorney was listed for Branham.

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