Westminster man charged after alleged baton assault

A Westminster man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly came at a man with an extendable baton.

Stephen Michael Tucker, 37, of the unit block of East George Street, was charged with intoxicated public disturbance, disorderly conduct and second-degree assault. He is being held without bond following a Monday bail review, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, the Westminster Police Department was called to respond to a reported fight and observed several individuals arguing.

An officer recognized one individual, Tucker, from an earlier disturbance incident the same day.

Witnesses on scene said that Tucker approached a man and threatened him before approaching him with an expandable baton and striking him. The officer observed a red mark on the man’s arm where he said he had been struck and located the baton laying in the grass nearby. One witness recorded video of the incident, according to the statement.

The alleged victim and a bystander told police they were able to bring Tucker to the ground while waiting for police to arrive, according to the statement.

Tucker told police he did not assault anyone and he was “jumped” by the two men following an argument. During the conversation with Tucker, the officer detected alcohol on his person and breath, according to the statement.

A court date is scheduled for May 9.

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