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Edgewood man charged in beating of another man

A man whose skull was fractured and ribs were bruised during an assault in Edgewood last week tried to ride his bike home before stopping to get help at a local fire station, police said.

Michael A. Barnes, 21, of the 800 block of Windstream Way in Edgewood, was charged Thursday with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the assault around 3 p.m. May 11 near the intersection of Fountain Rock Way and Topview Drive.

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The victim told police he was walking down the road when he was punched in the back of the head, without provocation, according to Barnes charging documents. When he turned around, he saw Barnes standing there with his fist in the air, and the victim hit Barnes once in the mouth.

The victim was hit again in the side of the face by another man whom he knew only as "Monster," according to charging documents. The victim told police he fell to the ground and was repeatedly punched and kicked in the head and ribs until he lost consciousness.

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When he woke up, the victim told deputies, he was in a garage and his attackers had run off, according to charging documents.

The man rode his bike toward home, but at one point felt light-headed and stopped at the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company's station on Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood. He was taken to University of Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where the fractured skull and bruised ribs were determined, according to charging documents.

The victim picked Barnes out of a photo lineup and Barnes was arrested, according to charging documents.

Barnes was taken to Harford County Detention Center, where he was released on $20,000 bond, according to court records.

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