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Two men charged with assault after May incident

Glen Vaughn Bradford is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of malicious destruction of property for allegedly biting off a man's ear.
Glen Vaughn Bradford is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of malicious destruction of property for allegedly biting off a man's ear. (HANDOUT)

Police are investigating multiple assault complaints relating to an incident at a Westminster apartment complex last month. One of the claims alleges that one man bit the ear off another.

Glen Vaughn Bradford, 48, of the 100 block of E. Main St., was arrested Wednesday after his neighbor, Howard F. Costley Sr., applied for charges and accused him of biting his ear during an altercation May 21.

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An application for charges is a sworn statement filed by an individual. Police have not filed charges in the case, though they are obliged to investigate; the Westminster Police Department in conducting the investigation.

Bradford was being held Thursday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, according to electronic court files, and is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of malicious destruction of property.

According to the application for charges Costley filed on June 5, Bradford allegedly hit him in the face with a beer bottle on May 7 and broke his phone by throwing it on the ground. The statement goes on to say police were called but no arrests were made. Costley's application for charges says a confrontation occurred May 21 between Bradford and Gregory Allan Costley Sr., 65, also of the 100 block of E. Main St. Police responded and charged Gregory Costley with assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records. He was released from the detention center June 5 on $5,000 bond.

Later that night, Howard Costley claims he was walking in the hall of the apartment complex when Bradford allegedly attacked him and bit off his ear. He also claims in the statement Bradford bit his finger and caused damage.

Costley claims he told someone to contact police, but the documents do not indicate whether police responded.

Westminster police Chief Jeff Spaulding said his department is investigating the incidents and working closely with the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office to ensure all relevant evidence is brought forward. Spaulding said some elements of the investigation are ongoing and he could not comment further.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Allan Culver, Circuit Court chief, also said his office could not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation.

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