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Police commissioner makes assault arrest while stuck in traffic


While snarled in evening rush-hour traffic yesterday, Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris saw a man assault a motorist and arrested him.

According to police, Norris and his driver, Sgt. Michael Mancuso, were stopped behind a 1995 Subaru about 6 p.m. in the 400 block of E. Lombard St. and saw a male passenger get out of a limousine and strike the Subaru's driver in the face with his fist. Norris and Mancuso left their car and arrested the man.

The victim, Douglas Scheller, 47, of Sparks, told police he was attacked after he ignored the other man, who had asked him if he sold Volkswagens. Scheller and his two young daughters were heading to the Orioles game. Scheller said he injured his wrist while fending off the attacker. He also suffered scratches and bruises to his face, police said.

Alan Fraipoint, 42, of Isle of Palms, S.C., was charged with assault and processed at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

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