Baltimore man Richard Fletcher was attacked by a group of about 50 teenagers and beaten severely. A black teenager has been arrested and charged on adult attempted murder charges for his role in Maryland attack on Fletcher on April 22.
Richard Fletcher, 61, was brutally beaten by the pack of 50 teens when he went outside of his Baltimore home attempt to get two girls who were “fighting on top of his truck” to move their dispute somewhere else.
“This is not a simple fistfight. This is a brutal assault,” Baltimore County police Corporal John Wachter said.
The Baltimore teens then reportedly kicked and hit Richard Fletcher until he fell to the ground and then continued beating him. Fletcher was reportedly left with a brain bleed, broken eye sockets, broken ribs, and a broken nose after being attacked by the pack of teens. He was also reportedly required to undergo a blood transfusion.
Baltimore police have arrested two teens in connection to the Richard Fletcher beating. All of the teenagers are reportedly students from the Baltimore Community High School.
Antoine Lawson, 17, was charged with attempted murder as an adult and an unnamed 15-year-old girl was charged with assault. Joe Lamb, a Baltimore business owner with a store near where the Richard Fletcher attack occurred, said he was not surprised about the violence based upon “how the neighborhood has been.”
It has gotten out of hand now, gone too far. 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,” Lamb told the local media.
The Harbor View Neighborhood Association created a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help Fletcher pay for his medical bills.
“Rick was brutally attacked by approximately 49 students from a near-by school on April 22. We are working closely with the family to assist them during this difficult time,” the statement by the Baltimore neighborhood association posted on the GoFundMe page said. “We estimate his medical bills will be between $200,000-$400,000. His medical insurance will not pay for all of the bills. At this time, he is out of the hospital but he will need several additional surgeries. Rick has a long road to recovery.
The Richard Fletcher fundraiser has raised more than $8,000 to date.
What do you think about the pack of 50 teens from Baltimore attacking Richard Fletcher for merely trying to get fighting girls off of his truck?
[Image via: GoFundMe and Baltimore County Police mugshot]