7 Arrested Following Towson Fights

Fights erupted outside the Recher Theatre where a crowd of about 2,500 gathered Sunday morning.

Seven people were arrested for disorderly conduct or assault after fights broke out outside Recher Theatre early Sunday morning.

Brian Recher, owner of the theater, said tickets for a clothing drive hosted Saturday night were sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Recher said the event was put on by the Theta Mu Mu chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a post-collegiate group not affiliated with any university.

Once the venue was filled to capacity, people were turned away, he said.

"Everybody inside was well-behaved," he said. "Everybody had a great time; there were no problems."

Baltimore County police said fights erupted among those waiting outside the Recher who did not gain admission to the event. The crowd totaled an estimated 2,500 people.

Initial reports incorrectly identified The Greene Turtle as the location where the incident occurred.

In a statement, police said additional officers and K9 units assisted those who were already assigned to the area to control the violence. They noted that the majority of people were cooperative. However, seven arrests were made.

The identities of those arrested and the charges against them are listed below from a police news release:

  • Junior Ramsey, 23, of the 6600 block of 24th Street in Hyattsville was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
  • Steven Daniels, 25, of the 800 block of Dartmouth Road in Baltimore was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, obstructing and hindering, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
  • Dimante Fox, 19, of the 1300 block of Pentwood Road in Baltimore was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second degree-assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
  • Chad Schultz, 24, of the 2300 block of Chetwood Circle in Lutherville-Timonium was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order.
  • Benjamin Aduna, 21, of the unit block of Brookings Court in Parkville was charged with failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest.
  • Two additional suspects were charged on criminal citations for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

Three officers received non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assaults, police said.

Detectives are also investigating the shooting of a 20-year-old man, which they said is connected with the fights, contrary to initial reports. The man flagged down an officer after he was shot in the hand.

The man was shot by another man who was inside a dark colored vehicle, the release reads. The man, who had come to attend the Recher Theatre event, was walking to his own car, which was parked at a garage in the Towson Town Center. Police said the shooter fled in the vehicle.

Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said Recher Theatre is well-respected in the local business community.

"It was just an unfortunate, isolated incident," she said.

Councilman David Marks, who spent much of the day communicating with police, business owners and Towson University representatives echoed Hafford's sentiments. He said he did not hear much complaints about the incident from community members.

"I do think, however, that as development continues [in that area], we need to start talking about increased security," he said.

Joe September 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Serial groper/ You MUST be speaking of Bill the Rapist Molesting Clinton!
Parkvillehoney September 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Domer, this was a one time event. Any event I have attended was always prepaid, in order to control the crowd to meet the building occupancy limit. Movies play the same show over a number of days. Only time movies have prepaid admission is on a popular 1st time showing. Remember Harry Potter movies? 1st showings were always on a prepaid basis.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
She sent it to herself for publicity sake. You would have known that if you would turn the channel from Faux News.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Mia Love is also an anchor baby. Her parents were illegal aliens. You know, one of "those" people that Joe hates so much. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/republican-rising-star-mia-love-anchor-baby
Joe September 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Steve the Patch Resident Racist chimes in again with his racist view of black women. According to FIFI using the term "anchor baby" and "illegal aliens" means you are the worst type of racist bigot. Just ax him if you don;t believe me. I don't hate anyone you racist bigoted pig Steve. I just do not think it is ok to break our laws unlike you who says laws are for the other people.
Joe September 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Mother Jones? Further left than Marx! And you talk bad about Fox, the number one cable news channel by a long shot? Hypocrite racist bigot!
Steve September 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Mia Love's parents broke the law. She is the Repug's latest little darling....
Brian Schwaab September 26, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It would never work. If the police targeted he young thugs causing the problems the complaints would start rolling in from the church leaders and local politicians causing the police bosses to put a stop to any productive police enforcement. What do you think happened in Baltimore?
Brian Schwaab September 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Steve you believe what you want. Don't put too much faith in "studies" as they aren't worth the paper they are written on. Saw it first hand with many of my coworkers. It spread the crime like a disease from Hunt Valley to Glen Burnie!
Joe September 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Steve, you support illegal aliens and have said as much on these pages. Your hypocrisy is as apparent as your racist bigotry. You type just for the sake of typing and seem to have little clue what you type day to day.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Show me a post where I said that I support "Illegal aliens". I do however dislike Racist Rednecks and there sure are a lot of them around here.
W.C.H. September 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Parkvillehoney, the National Park Service tells us that people shouldn't feed wild animals because they will become dependent on those feeding them. Also, wild animals actually become more aggressive when they are given such handouts. There's a lesson to be learned here, for sure.
B D September 26, 2012 at 06:01 PM
M. Sullivan, I absolutely know what can happen to an area as I grew up in Randallstown and now look at the area. If you read what I posted I don't condone the behavior. My point was purely that everyone is making a federal case out of this event (you can’t say anything else about the event not being charitable because you don’t know. The fact that we have to go on right now is it was a clothing drive as stated). All these comments out here about how Towson is a bad area and people are scared to go out, and one person I believe said they haven’t been to the mall in 20 years, is way to extreme. Again, from the facts, it was an isolated incident. Unfortunate? Absolutely! But every place in this world has its crime and criminals. You can’t stop people from not wanting to be an active member of society; however, you can’t board yourself up and shelter yourself because of incidents like this. I know there was a murder at Towson Town Mall but that doesn’t make it unsafe. How many people visit that mall? I don’t have the exact statistics but I am positive that the percentage of people to visit that mall versus the people that are killed at the mall is probably 99.9% to .01%. The police department handled the individuals who can’t participate in public, but the blame has to be put solely on those individuals and the life decisions they make.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yeah right, the old anecdotal "My coworkers told me so." That's as almost as good as the other Urban Legend "I know this cop who works in Hunt Valley and he/she told me....."
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Hey Joe & Steve, can you guys try to stay on topic. You've done this before. You get started bickering, then fill up the whole forum with pointless insults. Get a room!
Brian Schwaab September 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Steve, nothing anecdotal or urban legend about my comment. I only comment based on my experience on what I know personally and have have seen over the past 30 years. Judging by your comments, you definately do not sound like one who has been out there in the midst of this type of civil unrest, but one who merely reads and comments on it from behind the screen and keybord. Just to let you know I don't know any Baltimore County Police who work in Hunt Valley, just ones that work in the cesspool further south.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
LOL "Civil Unrest" I ride the Light Rail all the time. When was the last time you rode it?
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Hey Steve, if there's no correlation between our wonderful Light Rail and crime, why did they need to add police kiosks at some stations? Why have the residents of Linthicum been fighting to shut down their station altogether? What caused the tremendous increase in shoplifting at Ridgely Plaza? Why did the residents of all the neighborhoods North of Baltimore along the Light Rail line see a swiftly rising increase in break-ins after the Crime Train started? Those of us who have lived here since before Light Rail was shoved down our throats by Schaefer could see the difference immediately. Sorry to get off topic, but that statement really needed a response.
Joe September 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
M Sullivan, are you employed by The Patch as moderator? If you don't like it don't read it ah!
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Joe, maybe the Patch needs a moderator. It's very annoying to try and follow a chain of posts when you have to wade through 3 pages of inane drivel. All you guys do is call each other names. At least have some intelligent arguments!
Joe September 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Intelligent argument is impossible when there are those here who call you a bigot or racist for little to no reason at all. There are many many comments I find far from intelligent or far form being on topic but I don't whine about it. I skip over them. Have you EVER said the same thing to Fifi or Frank? Hell no you haven't. Your afraid of what they will come back to you with as it may not be to your liking. The Patch HAS moderators but they seem to be absent and not aware of their own posting policy. that much is apparent.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I am heading over to the Recher tomorrow night to see the North Mississippi Allstars. I hope it's not too stifling of a presence by the Po Po's. It better be good because I am giving up my Ravens tickets for it..
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hey Joe, I've probably been called a racist or bigot as much as you have on these boards. People like to toss out those word bombs when they can't successfully argue against the truth. I have seen the same issues of off-topic rantings with some others, maybe myself included. Sometimes, though, it gets out of hand and you end up with an endless chain of nothing.
Brian Schwaab September 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
To M Sullivan you obviously know where I am coming from and know what you are talking about. Steve, When Light rail was completed in Glen Burnie the crime in the area started immediately. I have ridden it in the past, however, knowing what I know, I would not ride it unless I was armed. I have never let my daughter ride it because I never wanted her to be a victim or subjected to the violent acts that have occurred on the trains and at the stop stations. Hope you never experience the fear that the victims have in the incidents which I have investigated over the years. Sounds like you have been lucky while riding. Hope your luck holds out. Stay safe and keep them eyes open. That's all for this topic.
BlutAusNord September 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
There ois no defending what happened outside the Recher Theatre.The police should have been able to use a little more force & if they were allowed to,then maybe some of these wunderkinds would have a little more respect for others,because they certainly have none for themselves.Not to mention that with their attitudes maybe just maybe can they a get an advanced degree in running the fryalator in addition to their ebt cards.
Mukesh September 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Everything was fine 'inside' the Recher. The owners have responsibility for the outside as well. They failed miserably in their fiduciary obligation to control this event. Make no mistake, this was a riot - pure & simple. And Mr. Patch - get a FOIA going to get the true snapshot of the police agencies called in for assistance - you'll see Harford County Sheriffs; Howard County Police; MTA Police, MDTA Police; & Baltimore City Public School Police. It was much worse than anything stated in the press or publically. The powers that be are suppressing the story. There is a vermin, of all colors - shapes - & sizes - creeping into Towson's core. See this event as a microcosm of civil failure.
dave September 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Born and raised in Towson. Mid 30s. Went to Towson high etc .. My wife and I frequent the restaurants bars weekly. In the past 6 months we witnessed. May 2012 a large black male stole a laptop from a small Asian woman in borders books as she drank coffee. The guy ran for the door and the clerk was in his way so he picked her up threw her down. He got away. Not reported on police blog. June. Two black males being chased in a stolen car. They bailed near the circle and the car drifted into another car. The bad guys got away. Never saw it in police blog. June. Wife and I walk from Towson Town center to Borders. Harassed by 2 teen black males until we flagged a cop car. Teens ran away. June Trader Joe robbed while we were in the store!! Black male tried to over power the managers. Not sure if he got away August. My car was broken into parked in Trader Joe garage area. Last Saturday. Sitting in 7 west, police rush in tell everyone to depart. Bar must close due to rioting. Dozens more stories from friends included my friend who is a female. Gun to her head robbed near Kenilworth as she returned home from work. Black male. Mom lives in Ruxton. Cars broken into weekly. Police say peole from the city due to 83 easy escape. Time to move my freinds. The City cancer has spread. its terminal.
Parkvillehoney September 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I believe every word you said. Sad to say, note it is a black person committing the crime. I hope Baltimore County Police and the Baltimore County politicans wake up. We need more bike patrols and walking police presence in Towson. If a crime is committed I am sure an officer on a bike would be valuable in apprehending the offender. I hope Towson doesn't have spotty crime like the trendy areas of Fells Point and Canton.
Mukesh September 28, 2012 at 02:36 AM
The end of times.
Towson4Now October 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Dave let me add to your list. To: All Faculty and Staff <allusers@towson.edu>, All Students <allstudents@towson.edu> CRIME ALERT: On Campus/Fourth Degree Sex Offense October 4, 2012 Towson University Police Department 410-704-4444 Incident Summary On October 3, 2012 Towson University Police Department received information that a student had attended the Homecoming Football Game on September 22, 2012 and upon its completion, began to walk to her apartment at Towson Place Apartments. At some time and place between Unitas Stadium and Towson Place Apartments, while still on campus, four black males surrounded the victim and began touching her body. When the four males separated slightly, the victim ran to her apartment. Towson University Police are continuing to investigate the incident and will notify the campus community when more detailed facts are developed. Anyone who saw the incident or has information is asked to call the Towson University Police Department at 410-704-4444.


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