Police: Two Men Charged for Assaulting Man at Homeless Encampment

The victim was transported to Carroll Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said they arrested two men living at a homeless encampment in Westminster after they assaulted a third man living at the camp Wednesday evening.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said they responded to a wooded area adjacent to the CSX train tracks approximately 300 yards South of Goodwin’s Quarry Road for a report of an injured person. 

According to a police report, deputies found a group of apparently intoxicated homeless people at a makeshift campsite, and began administering first aid to a 48-year-old man found bleeding from his right thigh. The man was conscious, but had a swollen left eye as well as cuts and abrasions on his face, according to police. Paramedics transported him to Carroll Hospital Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the altercation stemmed from romantic interests in a woman who was also at the camp. When the injured man arrived at the camp, another camper, Richard Eugene Tracey Jr. approached him and asked him to leave.

When the man refused to leave, another camper, Timothy Robert Smith approached the man and punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and continued to punch him in the face several times according to police reports.

Tracey then approached the injured man and stabbed the man in the thigh with a knife, police said.

Police arrested Smith and Tracey and transported them to Carroll County Central Booking where they were charged with second degree assault.  Additionally, Tracey was also charged with first degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, reckless endangerment and disorderly intoxication.

The remaining campers were told to vacate the property no later than Monday, Nov. 12.  Sheriff’s personnel will work with Public Works and Citizen Services officials to relocate any remaining campers. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Corporal Dayton of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-2572. 

Jaime Lleras November 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I find it extremely disheartening that the makeshift campsite is STILL THERE. Homeless from as far south as Florida travel to Carroll County, specifically Westminster, to enjoy an easier existence as a vagrant. Why are the local government and Law enforcement agencies so lax on this? Obviously if the homeless here in Westminster are clever enough to finagle alcohol and drugs, they are intelligent enough to be guided into a more productive role in our society. We really need to alter the system to aid the less fortunate in recovering their humanity, rather than just offer handouts and "tolerate" their makeshift campsites. Women, children, and upstanding families live within a stone's throw of the area our homeless congregate, and I am disgusted at how easy it is for them to be influenced and/or affected by the degenerate lifestyle our local administration basically supports.
WestMonster November 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
where would you have them congregate? Main Street, detracting from local business, someone else's neighborhood? How do you help people who don't want to be helped?
Jaime Lleras November 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Good questions. There are many answers. The trick is to choose the right ones and implement them. If nothing is done soon the vagrant population will flourish and will indeed spill over onto main street.
Kim Johnston November 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
My family has lived thru enough with them being back there. My house backs to those woods and we have listened to them fight and use horrible language all night long! They sleep all day and drink and fight all night. We can watch their fires burn. We have called police numerous times and nothing has ever been done! How do these so called homeless people have money for alcohol and drugs?? There are plenty of shelters in Carroll Co for the truly homeless and if they don't want to go to one and they would prefer to camp in the woods then they should keep to themselves and keep their mouths shut!!! I'm glad they are gone and honestly don't care where they go!!
Jaime Lleras November 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Not so fast Kim...Sorry to say, but they will be back.


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