Joppa man charged with using pepper spray during spat at rec baseball game

A 63-year-old Joppa man allegedly pepper-sprayed a 30-year-old man he got into an argument with Saturday at a rec baseball game in Joppa, according to police reports.

Both men were sitting on the bleachers at a baseball game at Magnolia Middle School at about 5 p.m. Saturday, when one spectator, Joshua Stephen Shincarick, 30, of Edgewood, said two men behind him were making "inappropriate comments" about some of the players on one of the teams, according to charging documents.

Charging documents go on to give the following account:

When Shincarick asked the men to stop, one of them, later identified as Joseph Anthony Bonsiero, said, "No, I can say what I want to." Later, when Shincarick asked him to stop a second time, Bonsiero's response was, "make me," according to charging documents. Shincarick said he would if he had to, but "they were both adults." The two continued their argument for a while before sitting in silence on the bleachers.

A short while later, Bonsiero left the bleachers but came back and allegedly asked Shincarick to take the argument "elsewhere," according to charging documents. As Shincarick started to leave the bleachers, Bonsiero allegedly started spraying him with pepper spray and grabbed his sweatshirt so he could continue spraying him, according to charging documents.

Shincarick later told deputies he was not injured, but his sweatshirt was covered in pepper spray.

Other people at the game could have also been exposed to the pepper spray, including a 6-year-old girl who was apparently coughing at one point, according to charging documents.

No injuries, however, were reported as a result of the incident.

When questioned by a Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy, Bonsiero said he felt threatened by Shincarick and returned to his vehicle to retrieve the pepper spray and running shoes, according to charging documents. The deputy said Bonsiero should have left or called 911 if he felt threatened.

Bonsiero, of the 700 block of Joppa Farm Road, has been charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, having a dangerous weapon on school property and using mace with intent to injure in connection with the incident. He was released from the Harford County Detention Center after making $7,500 bail Sunday.

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