Charges added in al­leged beat­ing of Ravens fan

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Tim Pru­dente tpru­dente@balt­sun.com

Ad­di­tional charges have been brought against two men from New York ac­cused of se­ri­ously beat­ing a 55-yearold man from Jes­sup at a Ravens game Oct. 2.

Scott Smith, 30, of Mount Ver­non and An­drew Nappi, 31, of Eastch­ester were each ini­tially charged with first- and sec­ond­de­gree as­sault.

On Thurs­day, the men also were in­dicted on charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, said Rochelle Ritchie, spokes­woman for the city state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice. On­line court records did not list trial dates.

Joseph Bauer was punched in his head and shoved down, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments. A Ravens fan and sea­son-ticket holder, Bauer hit his head on the ground and was knocked un­con­scious. He suf­fered a se­ri­ous brain in­jury, his fam­ily said.

Bauer re­mains un­der care at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Or­tho­pe­dic In­sti­tute, his sis­ter Su­san Bauer said. He con­tin­ues to re­cover slowly from the “life-al­ter­ing” brain in­jury, she said.

Nappi told of­fi­cers the men ar­gued and Bauer threw a bot­tle that hit Smith in the head, po­lice said in charg­ing doc­u­ments. Only plas­tic and alu­minum bot­tles are sold at M&T Bank Sta­dium.

Nappi told po­lice he then punched Bauer in the face, ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments. Smith shoved Bauer to the ground where he hit his head, Bauer’s wife, Sharon, told po­lice.

A wit­ness, Gary Greggs, con­firmed the ac­count to of­fi­cers, po­lice wrote in the charg­ing doc­u­ments. The cause of the ar­gu­ment re­mains un­clear. Nappi and Smith were fans of the vis­it­ing Oak­land Raiders, po­lice said.

Smith’s at­tor­ney, An­drew Alper­stein, dis­puted that ac­count.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­cov­er­ing a vastly dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the story,” he said. “We look for­ward to Mr. Smith’s day in court.”

Smith is a rookie fire­fighter in the Mount Ver­non Fire Depart­ment. He was sus­pended with­out pay pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“He has no record and he has never been in trou­ble be­fore,” Alper­stein said.

Nappi’s at­tor­ney, Marc Zayon, also is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“We wish a speedy and full re­cov­ery to Joseph Bauer,” Zayon said.

The fight brought re­newed at­ten­tion to the per­sis­tent prob­lem of fan brawls in pro­fes­sional sports. Ravens coach John Har­baugh called the in­ci­dent “ab­so­lutely in­ex­cus­able.”

Team of­fi­cials con­tinue to ex­press con­cern and sup­port for the Bauer fam­ily, Su­san Bauer said. A Ravens spokesman de­clined to com­ment Thurs­day.

A for­mer Ma­rine, Bauer works at Schus­ter Con­crete. He has two grown chil­dren — a daugh­ter who is a den­tist in the Navy and a son who also works at Schus­ter Con­crete — and has been a Ravens fan since the team came to Bal­ti­more, his fam­ily said.

His in­juries drew sym­pa­thy from Ravens and Raiders fans alike.

A bou­quet of flow­ers was sent to his hos­pi­tal room with a card — “Mr. Bauer, I wanted to ex­tend my sin­cer­est con­do­lences” — signed a Raiders fan. force­ment. Mont­gomery County state’s at­tor­ney’s spokesman Ra­mon Ko­ri­onoff said the sen­tence was handed down Thurs­day for 47-year-old Luis Reluzco, who pleaded guilty to ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter in the death of 24-year-old Of­fi­cer Noah Leotta. On Dec. 3, po­lice said, Reluzco had been drink­ing at a restau­rant be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel and hit­ting Leotta, who had stopped an­other ve­hi­cle while work­ing on a drunken-driv­ing task force, po­lice said. Leotta died a week later.

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