A 31-year-old man was denied bail Monday after Frederick police said he hit a 4-year-old boy last week and then threatened the boy’s father with a broken glass bottle.
Ryan Alexander Anthony, of Laurel, was charged with first-degree assault, making false statements to police, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as two counts of second-degree assault, court records state.
Anthony was traveling with another man, a woman and two children in a same vehicle when, at about 6:50 p.m. Friday, they stopped at the Sheetz in the 1300 block of East Patrick Street, according to charging documents filed in county district court. The woman in the vehicle told police that an argument began between Anthony and her boyfriend, the father of the children, when Anthony struck the couple’s young son because the boy had eaten Anthony’s candy bar, according to the documents.
When the boy’s father confronted Anthony, Anthony picked up a glass bottle, broke it and threatened the other man with it, according to witness accounts detailed in the documents.
The two men were still facing off when an officer arrived and ordered both of them to the ground at gunpoint, but Anthony remained uncooperative, arguing when police told him he was under arrest and giving the officers what turned out to be a false name, the documents state.
Anthony continued to argue when officers found a broken glass pipe in his pocket with what they suspected was crack cocaine residue in it, the documents state. Later, after he was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment of a cut on his hand from the glass, Anthony became combative, kicking a police officer and lashing out at hospital staff, according to the documents.
Anthony appeared for a bail review hearing Monday via a video conference call from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. At the hearing Kali Friedmann, an assistant public defender, told Frederick County District Judge Earl W. Bartgis Jr. that Anthony was trying to defend himself.
“Mr. Anthony states that he was defending himself to some extent. ... He was in a position where he was frightened and didn’t want to lose what he had,” Friedmann said.
Meanwhile, Chad Weddle, a Frederick County assistant state’s attorney, detailed Anthony’s history of failing to appear for previous court cases as well as his criminal record and the seriousness of the charges. Weddle argued that Anthony should remain in jail without the possibility of bail.
Bartgis agreed with Weddle and denied Anthony bail, citing the alleged attack on a young child and his alleged willingness to use a broken bottle.