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St. Mary’s grand jurors have charged a teenage boy as an adult with carrying out an assault on another teenager last spring at a park behind a school near New Market, and committing the offense because of the alleged victim’s race.
A judge set a $10,000 bond requirement on Friday for the pretrial release of 17-year-old Alexander Leah Murphy of Clements, at a hearing where Murphy’s lawyer stressed that there were no allegations of any weapons being involved in the incident.
“There was a fisticuffs between these two gentlemen,” defense lawyer A. Shane Mattingly said. “The alleged victim got the worst of the fight.”
St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies filed a report stating that after police broke up a party with underage drinking on Golden Beach Road, Murphy and Christopher Dylan Brumback, 18, of Mechanicsville got into an argument on the night of May 4 at a Wawa convenience store in Charlotte Hall. About 30 or 40 people went to the 5th District Park behind Lettie Dent Elementary School, the police report states, to watch a 10-minute fight that left Brumback with a bloody face and missing some teeth.
An indictment charges Murphy with first-degree assault, causing a disturbance by willfully entering into an affray at a public place, trespassing after posted hours at the school grounds and park and assaulting Brumback because of his race.
“That is essentially a hate crime,” St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Michael J. Stamm said at Friday’s hearing.
St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney John Pleisse said the felony first-degree assault charge reflected the “serious physical injury” resulting from Murphy’s alleged conduct.
“We have a young man who seems to be spiraling out of control,” the prosecutor said.
Five charged with assault in Hollywood dispute
An affray that court papers state took place in Hollywood last week when a woman dropped off her daughter at the home of the child’s father has left five people facing assault charges, including the woman’s boyfriend.
Ryan Jensen Albertsen, 25, of Ridge was released from custody on 10 percent of $5,000 bond last Thursday, the day after charging papers allege he cut 27-year-old Joseph Ryan Bowles, the child’s father, with a knife during an altercation between the two men at Bowles’ home off Mcintosh Road.
Albertsen arrived at the home with 28-year-old Katherine Ann Murphy of Ridge, and they both got out of the car with her child before Murphy got into a fight with 52-year-old Carla Bowles, according to court papers filed by police. Albertsen was pulling Carla Bowles away from Murphy, court papers state, when Joseph Bowles approached and punched Albertsen in the mouth, knocking out a tooth.
Albertsen punched Joseph Bowles in the nose, and before cutting him with the knife, also punched 53-year-old Frederick Howard Bowles Jr. in the side of the head, according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s Cpl. Deborah Milam.
Online court papers state that Albertsen and Murphy each filed complaints in district court leading to charges against Joseph Bowles of second-degree assault. Albertsen and Murphy also filed complaints in district court leading to two charges against Frederick Bowles of second-degree assault, online court papers state, and Murphy and Carla Bowles filed complaints in district court leading to charges against both of them of second-degree assault. A court commissioner issued summonses to be served with all the charges of second-degree assault.