Po­lice: City Dock pi­ano player 'Dr. Z' slapped of­fi­cer

The Capital - - ANNE ARUNDEL - By Phil Davis pdavis@capgaznews.com

An­napo­lis po­lice say the man who has played the pub­lic pi­ano near City Dock, also known as “Dr. Z,” slapped an of­fi­cer while be­ing ar­rested for pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion on Tues­day.

Po­lice wrote in a re­port that of­fi­cers were called to the Main Street Mini Mart around 9 p.m. af­ter the owner said he had an is­sue with a cus­tomer.

The owner told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Ger­ard Mack­ell, 56, had come into the store “highly in­tox­i­cated” and be­gan caus­ing a dis­tur­bance.

Mack­ell is a well-known fig­ure around City Dock, where he of­ten played the col­or­fully painted pi­ano by Mar­ket House.

Af­ter Mack­ell was es­corted out of the Mini Mart — with the owner say­ing Mack­ell threat­ened to kill him if he called the po­lice — the re­port says Mack­ell “fell into the front win­dow of the store and (caused) sev­eral large cracks in the glass.”

The owner also told po­lice Mack­ell was rum­mag­ing through an un­locked ve­hi­cle and wrote “Dr. Z” with his fin­ger in the dew on the hood.

When the of­fi­cer caught up with Mack­ell on Duke of Glouces­ter, Mack­ell be­came up­set with the of­fi­cer when he started to de­tain him.

“Mr. Mack­ell be­came very up­set with me and stated he was ‘gonna slap the s--- out of you,’” Ofc. Kemp­ton Ur­ban wrote in his re­port.

“I then told him that would not be nice,” Ur­ban said in the re­port.

Mack­ell did not heed the ad­vice of the of­fi­cer and slapped him across his face — “my left cheek and ear,” the of­fi­cer wrote — with his right hand.

He slapped him so hard that an­other of­fi­cer told Ur­ban “that the side of my face was red and he could see a hand print from where Mr. Mack­ell slapped me,” he wrote.

Po­lice were able to de­tain him and Mack­ell faces var­i­ous pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion, as­sault and prop­erty dam­age charges.

Mack­ell has a sig­nif­i­cant crim­i­nal his­tory as court records show mul­ti­ple con­vic­tions for sev­eral mis­de­meanor crimes and sev­eral open cases for theft, as­sault and an open al­co­holic con­tainer charges.

He was re­leased on his own re­cog­ni­zance, court records state. No at­tor­ney is listed as rep­re­sent­ing him.

FILE PHOTO BY PAUL W. GILLE­SPIE/CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE

Ger­ard "Jerry" Mack­ell also known as Dr. Z.

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