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Westminster man charged with first- and second-degree assault

Joseph-James Charles Catapano was arrested March 4 after he allegedly attacked another person with a hatchet-like weapon. <a href="http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/crime/ph-cc-catapano-joseph-james-charles-assault-20160308-story.html" target="_blank">Full story here</a>.
Joseph-James Charles Catapano was arrested March 4 after he allegedly attacked another person with a hatchet-like weapon. Full story here.

A Westminster man was arrested Friday after he allegedly attacked another person with a hatchet-like weapon.

A Westminster man was arrested Friday after he allegedly attacked another person with a hatchet-like weapon.

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Joseph-James Charles Catapano, 19, of the unit block of West Main Street, was charged with one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, one count of having a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure and one count of reckless endangerment. He was held on $15,000 bail, which he posted Saturday, and was released, according to electronic court files.

Police were called to the unit block of West Main Street at about 8:35 p.m. Thursday, March 3, for a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival, four people were outside the house, including Catapano, according to a statement of probable cause.

A verbal argument allegedly broke out between two occupants at the residence, a female and a male. Catapano's girlfriend tried to step in and break up the fight when the two other people began to argue with her, according to the statement.

The two residents allegedly pushed a table into the girlfriend and a physical confrontation allegedly broke out between the girlfriend and one of the residents, according to the statement. During the confrontation, the girlfriend was pushed off the stairs connected to the front porch and onto the sidewalk, according to the statement.

Catapano saw his girlfriend fall off the porch before he allegedly kicked open the front door of the house and attacked the male resident with the hatchet-like weapon, according to the statement. Police noted a fresh laceration in the victim's leg from the hatchet, according to the statement.

The female resident involved in the argument alleged that Catapano threw a BB or pellet gun at the male resident, though police did not find any gun, according to the statement. Catapano's girlfriend was taken to Carroll Hospital for minor injuries, according to the statement.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Catapano on April 5.

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