County drops case against Karcher


Baltimore County prosecutors said yesterday they will formally drop assault and resisting arrest charges today against Mark Karcher, a former Temple Owls and St. Frances basketball star, after an incident outside a nightclub last month.

Karcher is expected to appear at a preliminary hearing this morning at Towson District Court. On May 15, police charged Karcher, 21, of the 1400 block of North Montford Avenue, with three counts of first-degree assault and resisting arrest. He was released on $25,000 bond the next day.

"The state believes this is the proper disposition," said Dean Stocksdale, assistant Baltimore County state's attorney. "The case was investigated and a decision was made by this office ... to dismiss the charges."

Stocksdale would not say why the county decided to drop the charges.

County police said they were called to the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway at about 2 a.m. to control multiple fights outside Strawberry 5000 that eventually drew about 20 officers.

Karcher was attempting to leave the club after being stuck in traffic, and he hit a police officer with the driver's-side mirror of his 2000 Cadillac sport-utility vehicle. The officer was not injured.

According to the police report, Karcher was ordered to stop the car after hitting the officer but refused to do so. He was then pepper-sprayed by another officer, taken out of the car and placed on the ground. A security guard who witnessed the incident said Karcher became unruly when the officers tried to arrest him.

Karcher, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, is projected by some publications to be a late-first-round pick after declaring for the NBA after his junior season. He led the Owls in scoring 28 times last season, averaging 15.8 points.

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