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Disabled Man Severely Beaten After Intervening In A Fight

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Richard Fletcher, 61, of Dundalk, Maryland, was beaten up by a group of young people after he apparently tried to intervene in a fight between two girls who were in a crowd of people from Baltimore Community High School. 

“He got involved because they were fighting on his car so he went outside to ask them to move and they turned on him and began assaulting him,” Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Police Department told ABC 2 News.

Cpl. John Wachter said, “This is not a simple fistfight. This is a brutal assault.”

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Fletcher, who was reportedly disabled before the fight on April 22, suffered from broken eye sockets, a broken nose, broken ribs and bleeding on the brain. A crowd funding campaign to cover his medical expenses has raised $2,685, although he has since been released from the hospital.

The assault on Fletcher is the latest instance of bad behavior from local students, neighbors said. "The kids walk on top of cars, kick dogs, let dogs out, throw trash, steal milk from school and throw it at houses, threaten neighbors with bodily harm,” said Joe Lamb, whose business’s security camera captured the brawl. "It has gotten out of hand now, gone too far.”

Judi Rosco, Fletcher’s friend, echoed the sentiment. “They throw trash, they are disruptive... They are loud rude and disrespectful. We have this problem on a daily (basis) on school days,” she said. “I just don't understand what we can do. But something's got to be done.”

Two people, including a 15-year-old girl, have been arrested but police expect to make more arrests soon.

Sources: ABC 2 News, WBALTV (2), GoFundMe, Image via WBALTV