Man at­tacked, beaten out­side Food Lion in Stevensville

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

STEVENSVILLE — A man was at­tacked as he was walk­ing to Food Lion in the Thomp­son Creek Mall at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Po­lice haven’t iden­ti­fied the as­sailants and no ar­rests have been made, said Lt. Dale Pa­trick, public in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer with the sher­iff’s of­fice.

John K. Hamp­ton, 26, of Church Hill re­ported he and a fe­male friend were walk­ing be­tween Food Lion and the liquor store when Hamp­ton was grabbed from be­hind and struck on the head, knock­ing him to the ground.

The 26-year-old fe­male friend of West­min­ster, MD, fled when the as­sault oc­curred and a video shows sev­eral sub­jects chas­ing her, but they didn’t catch her.

Two males con­tin­ued to kick Hamp­ton be­fore go­ing through his pock­ets and then flee­ing to­ward the high­way. But Hamp­ton didn’t re­port any­thing stolen. Po­lice have la­beled the in­ci­dent as an at­tempted rob­bery. Food Lion wasn’t open at the time.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Hamp­ton went to the Queen Anne’s Emer­gency Room to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion and was re­leased. He sus­tained cuts and bruises from the at­tack.

Po­lice de­scribe two of the sus­pects as African-Amer­i­can, one wear­ing a gray hoodie and dark pants and the other in a ma­roon hoodie and dark pants. One of the sus­pects had a chin strap beard and the other was wear­ing dis­tinc­tive striped sneak­ers. One of the sub­jects may be named Ryan be­cause he was talk­ing with an­other sus­pect when his name was men­tioned.

Pa­trick said the area isn’t known for high crime. “It’s a shop­ping cen­ter in Stevensville. We might get calls for shoplift­ing. It’s not like it’s a big crime area,” Pa­trick said.

Any­one with pos­si­ble in­for­ma­tion on these sub­jects is asked to con­tact the Sher­iff’s Of­fice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit at 410-758-0770.

Deputy Tim My­ers and De­tec­tive Chase Ar­m­ing­ton in­ves­ti­gated the case.

When reached for com­ment, Christy Phillip­sBrown, a spokesper­son for Food Lion, said “In sit­u­a­tions such as this, we work very closely with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

These two men are be­lieved to be in­volved in an at­tack of a man on Oct. 28 out­side Food Lion. A video cap­tured the pic­ture. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at (410) 758-0770.

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