Police activity at the fair

Police activity seen from the Ferris wheel at the Great Frederick Fair shortly after an incident Friday night. 

A Frederick County man has died from injuries suffered in an attack Friday night at the Great Frederick Fair, and two juveniles have been charged, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was notified late Saturday afternoon that the man had died from the injuries suffered in the unprovoked attack near the midway area at the Frederick Fairgrounds, spokeswoman Taylor Clarke said in a press release.

The man, 59, was from the Frederick County portion of Mount Airy, but the office was honoring a request from the family to wait before releasing the man’s identity, Clarke said in a phone call Saturday night.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the midway area of the fairgrounds around 5:36 p.m. Friday for a report of an assault, and found the man lying unconscious on the ground, according to the sheriff’s office release.

Paramedics responded and the man was flown to R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The investigation identified two juveniles as suspects, who were arrested and charged by sheriff’s deputies. No weapons were used in the incident.

They are the only ones facing charges for now, Clarke said.

One 15-year-old male was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment, and a 16-year-old male was charged with second-degree assault, according to the release.

The sheriff’s office is consulting with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine additional charges, according to the release.

Investigators who responded to the scene interviewed witnesses who indicated that the attack on the man was unprovoked, according to the release.

Both juveniles have been placed in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services pending a hearing before a Frederick County Circuit Court judge.

The fair issued a statement Saturday night, which read: “The Great Frederick Fair’s number one priority is the safety and security of everyone on the fairgrounds. To ensure this, we engage a private, professional security firm and the Frederick County Sheriff’s [Office] to patrol the fairgrounds on a continuous basis. They work cooperatively with local law enforcement, including Frederick City Police and the Maryland State Police. In addition, Fire and Rescue are also on site to respond to any medical situation. The Great Frederick Fair deeply regrets this incident and sends condolences to the family of the victim. The Great Frederick Fair would also like to thank law enforcement for their prompt and professional response in controlling the situation and apprehending the suspects.”

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Detective Jen Skelley at 301-600-1046, or through the tip line at 301-600-4131.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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