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November 1, 2013

Bel Air Crime Watch member assaulted during trick or treat

Resident was struck in chest by driver of pickup truck from W.Va.

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying a suspect in the assault of a Bel Air Crime Watch member that occurred on Halloween night.

The volunteer was assisting with slowing down traffic in the community during its trick or treating event. At 8 p.m., an older model black truck with West Virginia tags came up Old Lake Drive in the area of Greenfield Crescent. The truck was pulling a black trailer that was made out of a truck bed. The trailer had about 10 people in the bed, mostly children.

When the Crime Watch member spoke to the driver about the safety of the children, the driver got out of the truck, started swearing at the volunteer and struck the volunteer in the chest. The driver then fled the scene in the truck. The volunteer suffered minor injuries from the assault.

The driver is described as a white male, approximately 40 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with a brown or black full beard and mustache.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or may have information about the identity of the driver is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office at  301-777-5959.

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