Advertisement

Westminster man charged with workplace assault

Westminster man charged with workplace assault
William Webb (Courtesy Photo)

A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly fought with two co-workers in the workplace.

William Robert Webb, 43, of the 1500 block of Bollinger Road, was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. He was released on $2,500 bail following a Thursday bail review, according to electronic court records.

Advertisement

According to the statement of probable cause, deputies of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were called to English American Tailoring in Westminster for a reported assault. They spoke to an employee who said Webb had kept looking at him during the day until at one point both were nearby each other and Webb swung at him. He missed and the man held Webb until other employees assisted in separating the two.

A second employee said he assisted in trying to stop the fight and was put in a choke hold by Webb. He heard another person say that Webb had a knife. Others then separated the two, according to the statement.

A separate witness told police she observed Webb grab the second employee in a headlock. She said she observed a knife in his other hand and alerted others, who disarmed him, according to the statement.

Police made contact with Webb at his residence. He told police he had been harassed for weeks by the alleged victims. He said he had spoken multiple times to supervisors about the incidents and taken time off of work.

Webb, who is black, said on Wednesday, one of the alleged victims, who is white, kept giving him a look and called him a racial slur, and he could not take it anymore, according to the statement.

He told police he attempted to punch the man but missed and grabbed the second alleged victim, who he said was also involved in the harassment, according to the statement.

Deputies seized the knife, according to the statement.

Webb had not returned a call for comment as of 6:15 p.m. Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Advertisement
Advertisement