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A criminal summons has been issued against a candidate for a spot on the Charles County commissioners.

Vincent Ippolito, a 54-year-old Waldorf resident and county business owner, is charged with second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $1,000, according to online court records. Ippolito is a Democratic District 4 commissioner candidate.

Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said officers were called April 9 to Ippolito’s pharmacy in Indian Head after a man reported that Ippolito had struck him during an argument. The man, a delivery courier, was making a delivery to the store when Ippolito asked him to leave.

The man refused, Richardson said, and in response Ippolito went out to the delivery van and began throwing boxes from inside onto the ground outside. In the course of the scuffle, police reported that Ippolito struck the man in the neck and smacked his phone from his hand, breaking the phone.

Richardson said Ippolito later told officers he might have pushed the man but could not recall doing so.

Some witnesses said the deliveryman had been loud while talking on the phone in the store, Richardson said, and others reported seeing Ippolito throw the man’s phone, as well as grabbing him by the shirt upon the victim exiting the delivery van.

Ippolito was not taken into custody or charged at the scene. Online court records list the summons as having been issued April 12.

Ippolito told a reporter last week that he was not aware of the charges and declined to comment further, saying he had received no notice.

lrenner@somdnews.com