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Man is arrested, charged in assault, burglary at party


A Reisterstown man was arrested yesterday on assault charges stemming from a fracas that erupted at a party last week in Westminster.

According to court documents, Joshua A. Wood, 20, of the 500 block of Glen Granite Road is accused of acting as a lookout March 26 when four or five men broke into a residence in the 700 block of Cindy Lane at 2 a.m. and attacked five partygoers. He is charged on five counts of second-degree assault, burglary, malicious destruction and related conspiracy charges, court records show. He was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond.

According to charging documents, David Ryan, who held the party while his parents were away, had asked two men to leave the party at midnight because they were disruptive. The host knew one of the two men as Joshua Wood and the other as "Billy."

A fistfight occurred before the pair left and Wood and "Billy" returned two hours later with several friends.

While one man remained outside, the others broke into the home and attacked five of the party's guests with billiard balls, cue sticks or baseball bats, police said.

According to court documents, Justin T. Tarr, 21, was struck with a billiard ball, suffering a broken nose, facial cuts and bruises; and Emily K. Beninghove, 19, was struck in the back of the head with an unknown object.

Ryan T. Unitas, 23, suffered an injured nose. He and Chris P. Contrino, 20, suffered numerous bruises, and Alice B. Middleton, 20, narrowly missed being struck by a thrown billiard ball.

The front door of the residence was damaged and several items in the home were smashed, police said.

The investigation is continuing.

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