Lusby Bar Owner Facing Assault Charges

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Lusby Bar Owner Facing Assault Charges

Lusby, MD - 10/27/2012

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By Marty Madden

The owner of a Lusby bar is facing a long list of charges stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at his business Sunday, Oct. 21.

According to documents on file in District Court of Maryland for Calvert County, Michael Edward Ricker, 47 of Lusby, the owner of C.J.s, is alleged to have pointed a loaded shotgun at four patrons during an incident at the bar.

The investigating officer, Deputy J. Brown, responded to the report of “a subject with a gun” shortly before midnight. “Upon my arrival I observed people standing outside and inside the bar,” Brown stated in court documents. “I asked where the man with the gun was and the crowd responded he was hiding inside and the shotgun was still with him.” Brown said he established a perimeter around the business and evacuated all the patrons. Brown, Cpl. Cox, Sgt. Richard Selkirk and Deputy Quinn conducted a building search but were unable to locate the gunman.

“After making sure the location was safe and no one was in danger I made contact with the complainant,” Brown stated.

The complainant told Brown that “the owner of the bar had come up to him with a shotgun and chambered a round saying ‘get the [expletive] out,’ multiple times,” Brown stated in court documents. The man who claimed he was accosted told the officer he then ran out the bar and called 911.

One of the patrons interviewed by Brown “advised he ‘challenged the owner to an arm wrestling match’ prior to being accosted by Ricker, who by then was allegedly brandishing a shotgun.

Two of the patrons Brown interviewed indicated Ricker made have been intoxicated when the incident occurred.

According to court documents, Ricker has been charged with one count of firearm use/felony, four counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of first degree assault and four counts each of alcoholic beverage/intoxicated and endanger and attempted alcoholic beverage/intoxicatedand endanger.If convicted on all charges, Ricker faces nearly 120 years in jail and nearly $5,000 in fines. Ricker, who was served a warrant Oct. 23, is currently free after posting $25,000 bond.

The incident was an item for discussion at the Thursday, Oct. 25 meeting of the Calvert County Liquor Board. The panel is likely to hold a special meeting to demand Ricker show cause why his liquor license should not be suspended or revoked. Liquor board attorney Gene Pitrof said he would discuss with Calvert State’s Attorney Laura Martin [R] possibly requesting testimony from the patrons who have accused Ricker of threatening them with the shotgun.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com



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