Ravens fan beaten at game shows en­cour­ag­ing signs

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Tim Pru­dente tpru­dente@balt­sun.com

The fam­ily of 55-year-old Joseph Bauer, who was beaten at Sun­day’s Ravens game and hos­pi­tal­ized, re­ported en­cour­ag­ing signs from the hospi­tal Tues­day.

The Jes­sup man re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion with a brain in­jury, but he gave a thumbs-up at the re­quest of doc­tors.

“We have been en­cour­aged by some signs we be­lieve in­di­cate he rec­og­nizes his wife,” said Su­san Bauer, his sis­ter. “The trauma doc­tor said she is ‘cau­tiously op­ti­mistic’ about his progress and he is trend­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Joseph Bauer con­tin­ues to breathe on a res­pi­ra­tor, she said. The Ravens sea­sonticket holder suf­fered a se­vere brain in­jury at the game.

Po­lice charged two men from New York with as­sault. Ravens Coach John Har­baugh called the al­leged at­tack “ab­so­lutely in­ex­cus­able.”

“What­ever se­cu­rity has to be out there, what­ever has to be done, will be done,” Har­baugh said Mon­day. “This is just not what we’re about, and we’re not go­ing to have it at M&T Bank Sta­dium.”

Scott Smith, 30, of Mount Ver­non, N.Y., and An­drew Nappi, 31, of Eastch­ester, N.Y., were each charged with first- and sec­ond­de­gree as­sault. They did not re­turn mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Both were re­leased af­ter post­ing bond: $50,000 for Smith and $25,000 for Nappi.

Nappi told po­lice that the men ar­gued, and Bauer threw a bot­tle that hit Smith in the head, po­lice said in charg­ing docu- ments. Only plas­tic and alu­minum bot­tles are sold at the sta­dium.

Po­lice said Nappi told officers he punched Bauer in the face. Bauer’s wife, Sharon, told po­lice Smith shoved Bauer to the ground and he hit his head. Bauer was knocked un­con­scious. A wit­ness, Gary Greggs, con­firmed the ac­count to officers, po­lice wrote in charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Nappi and Smith were fans of the vis­it­ing Oak­land Raiders, po­lice said.

The de­tails of the ar­gu­ment were un­clear.

“We’re just left in shock that some­thing this stupid could hap­pen, and so sense­less,” Su­san Bauer said. “I don’t know who these peo­ple are. I don’t know why this hap­pened. I just hope they re­al­ize they have al­tered all of our lives be­yond any­thing that we could have imag­ined.”

Joseph Bauer

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