Howard firefighters face assault charges

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Montgomery County teacher and her friends are pressing charges against two Howard County firefighters, accusing them of assault during a fight last month outside a Columbia restaurant.

Lt. Timothy Joseph Dorsey is charged with second-degree assault, and firefighter Daniel Jackson Marasco is charged with four counts of second-degree assault. They are accused of fighting with at least six people June 20 outside the Nichi Bei Kai Japanese restaurant, according to charging documents written by the Montgomery County residents.

Dorsey and Marasco have been placed on desk duty, said Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. After a trial, "we'll determine if [they've] broken any [department] policies," Kelly said.

Rina You, a Spencerville resident and elementary teacher, wrote in the charging documents that she was having dinner with friends in a private room at the restaurant, in the 9400 block of Snowden River Parkway in Owen Brown. The group members left their shoes outside the room and later discovered that one was missing.

Dorsey and Marasco were sitting at the only other occupied table and "began to snicker" as the group searched for the shoe, according to the documents. Dorsey eventually gave the shoe back and shook hands with a member of You's group, the documents state.

As You and her friends left, Dorsey asked the group why "we were staring at him, told us to stop being stupid and proceeded to get in my friend's face," the documents state.

According to the documents, a fight started in the parking lot, and You separated her friend from the fighting. You wrote that Dorsey then punched her in the face, causing a bloody nose.

According to the documents, Marasco punched or hit four people, including Jennifer Lynn Hunt, also from Spencerville. Hunt wrote in the charging documents: "I then yelled that he was hitting a girl. Mr. Marasco looked me in the eye and proceeded to punch me in the face two times."

When reached by telephone, You declined to comment. Others could not be reached yesterday.

Marasco and Dorsey are scheduled for trial Aug. 20.

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