Man, 21, charged in gang attack


A 21-year-old local drifter is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail after his arrest Monday night in the brutal gang beating of a 15-year-old in the quiet Mays Chapel community.

Baltimore County police charged Christopher David Jacobs, 21, who has no known address, with assault with intent to maim and battery in an attack on Michael Louis Stuckey of Ballyhean Court.

The Stuckey youth remains in stable but guarded condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Police said a 16-year-old alleged to be Mr. Jacobs' girlfriend is also being charged as a minor with conspiracy and assault with intent to maim. Police arrested Mr. Jacobs in Joppatowne in Harford County.

District Judge Robert Dugan kept Mr. Jacobs' bail at $15,000 yesterday. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The Stuckey youth, a student at Dulaney High School, suffered severe head injuries when a gang of about 15 teen-age boys and girls jumped him Sunday night and beat him with their fists, boots and a bottle.

Only Mr. Jacobs and the 16-year-old girl have been charged in the incident, which is still under investigation, police said.

Witnesses had told police that the Stuckey youth was a member of a so-called skinhead faction that supports racial harmony and that Mr. Jacobs allegedly is a member of a white supremacist skinhead faction.

But investigators now believe the beating was a personal vendetta that allegedly began when the Stuckey youth insulted Mr. Jacobs' girlfriend, who in turn threatened to have her boyfriend retaliate.

On Sunday evening, another teen-age girl who lives in Mays Chapel called the Stuckey youth and told him Mr. Jacobs wanted to talk with him.

The Stuckey youth met Mr. Jacobs outside the girl's townhouse about 9:30 that night. While the two were talking, a gang of other teen-agers jumped out from behind shrubbery and attacked the 15-year-old, police said.

"This looks like it was a personal vendetta and had little to do with any skinhead affiliation," said Cockeysville precinct Officer Jodie Banthem.

Officer Banthem said there are few skinheads in the Cockeysville area and they have never caused a problem.

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