A disabled Dundalk, Maryland, man is now recovering from a brutal beating he suffered at the hands of a group of high school teenagers near Baltimore Community High School. It has been reported that his involvement in the altercation was actually due to his attempt to break up the fight.
According to WBAL-TV, 61-year-old Richard Fletcher was nearly beaten to death by juveniles and adults ranging from ages 14 to 21. Local residents who witnessed the unfortunate incident stated that there has been an ongoing problem with physical altercations occurring between youth. One resident even insists many people live in fear because of the hostile teenagers in the area.
“You wouldn’t believe it. Everybody goes in the house and shuts their door. You have to live like a prisoner. But when I came down and seen that man, it made you totally sick.”
One business owner who happened to catch the brutal assault on surveillance also revealed he’s had problems with the teens as well. He’s reportedly received death threats over the footage of the attack.
Although it’s not uncommon for teenagers to fight, the type of assault this man endured was unlike anything relative to a typical school fight. This brutal assault left Fletcher in a medically induced coma for several days.
“This is not a simple fistfight. This is a brutal assault,” Cpl. John Wachter.
Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Police Department, also released a statement regarding the tragic incident.
“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.”
The Baltimore Police Department has arrested two unnamed juveniles suspected of involvement in the brutal attack, reports WTOP. It has been reported that more arrests are likely. A GoFundMe account has been launched on Richard Fletcher’s behalf. The funds will reportedly be used to cover Fletcher’s medical expenses.
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