Two charged with assault following fight

Two Taneytown men were arrested Sunday, July 8, after allegedly being involved in a physical altercation.

LaBradford William Brown, 26, and Gregory Lamont Price Jr., both of the unit block of Fairview Avenue, were charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault. They were each released on $2,500 bail following Tuesday bail reviews, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, Maryland State Police responded to a Westminster residence for a reported assault and spoke to a man who showed signs of injury.

Troopers observed swelling around the man’s eye and blood on his person. Medical personnel present said the blood was from lacerations to the man’s head and back. The man was not able to communicate when a trooper attempted to ask him what happened, according to the statement.

The man was transported to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore by MSP helicopter, according to the statement.

The man’s wife told police the man had been injured by Brown and Price, who were guests at a party at the residence earlier in the day, according to the statement. The woman said Brown had entered the house and told her to “come get” the man. When she went outside, she found him to be “dazed” and “with blood on his head,” according to the statement.

She told police she attempted to get the two men to leave, but they then approached the man aggressively. According to the woman, Brown tackled and attempted to strangle the man, and Price punched and kicked him before leaving the scene, she said.

Taneytown police later detained Price and Brown, who are both black. An officer overheard Brown speaking to his wife saying that the alleged victim, who is white, had said he could beat up two [racial slurs], according to the statement.

Both men were interviewed by MSP and said they were on the scene and involved in the situation, according to the statement.

Brown said the man had started the incident and he and Price were defending themselves. He admitted to tackling the man and having a hand on his throat. Price declined to say what physical contact he had or did not have with the alleged victim, according to the statement.

Brown said he did not wish to comment when reached by the Times. Price did not return a call for comment as of 7 p.m. Tuesday. Both are scheduled for preliminary hearings on Aug. 8.

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