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'John Doe' held in assault case finally identified


With help from a public defender, authorities have identified a man who refused to give police his name nearly two weeks ago after his arrest on assault charges in Taneytown.

David Allan Fry, 37, of York, Pa., had been called "John Doe" until Tuesday, when a public defender, Judson K. Larrimore, persuaded the man to cooperate with Carroll County jail officials, authorities said.

According to court documents, Fry was arrested and held Sept. 14 on one count of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, giving a false statement to a police officer, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police allege he threatened a Taneytown man with a knife about 11:15 p.m. and then punched, kicked and spat on officers and paramedics as they tried to subdue or assist him.

Fry has three outstanding arrest warrants in Worcester County charging him with possession of marijuana, possession of an open alcohol container and violation of probation, jail officials said.

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