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Westminster man charged with assault in fight case

Moeed Asif is charged with first-degree assault for allegedly punching a man during an argument and causing him to hit his head and lose consciousness. <a href="http://bit.ly/1ToySFz">Full story</a>
Moeed Asif is charged with first-degree assault for allegedly punching a man during an argument and causing him to hit his head and lose consciousness. Full story(HANDOUT)

A Westminster man is charged with first-degree assault for allegedly punching a man during an argument and causing him to hit his head and lose consciousness.

Moeed Asif, 18, of the 800 block of Quiet Meadow Court, was released from the Carroll County Detention Center Thursday after posting $15,000 bond, according to electronic court files.

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A trooper from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack was sent to Carroll Hospital June 29 to meet with a man who reported he was assaulted at the McDonald's off Md. 140 in Westminster, according to charging documents.

The man told the trooper he and a friend went to the restaurant around 2 a.m., then a second vehicle parked a few spaces away and three people got out, according to the documents.

Asif, who the victim identified because they went to school together, allegedly made derogatory statements about the victim and when the victim approached the car to speak to Asif, he was assaulted, according to the documents.

The alleged victim said he did not remember what happened, but was later told his head hit on the concrete and lost consciousness before his friend came to assist him, according to the documents. The alleged victim said he eventually came to the hospital when his head did not stop bleeding.

The trooper interviewed Asif the next day and did not see any signs that he was in an altercation, according to the documents. Asif told police he and his friends were trying to contact the alleged victim and his friend to arrange a fight because of a grievance from earlier in the evening.

Asif also told the trooper when the victim approached him in the McDonald's parking lot, the victim used a racial slur which prompted Asif to punch him in the face, according to the documents. Asif also told police he remained at the scene until the victim regained consciousness then left.

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