County police arrested a Jessup man after an officer saw him punching another man, county police said.
Michael Reece Colburn, 29, of the 6300 block of Old Washington Road in Elkridge was bleeding heavily from several cuts on his face and his eye was almost swollen shut, police said.
Mr. Colburn told police an acquaintance had asked for a ride about 1 a.m. to a bar in Laurel. When they arrived, the man said he wanted to go to Route 198 to buy drugs, police said. When they got near Route 198, the acquaintance began punching Mr. Colburn in the face, police said.
Mr. Colburn told police that the man demanded money. Mr. Colburn handed over $27, but was punched in the face, police said.
Officer Kevin Falls pulled Mr. Colburn from his truck and arrested James Michael Sanner, 24, of the 8300 block of Firewood Court on charges of assault and battery and robbery.