CHESTERTOWN — A man whom police have described as having no fixed address is being held in the Kent County Detention Center without bail after allegedly assaulting two officers last week.
Mark Edward Barto, 63, is charged with five counts of assault, including one felony count of assaulting a law enforcement officer. He also is charged with failure to obey a lawful order, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.
Officer Stacey Shockley was injured during a scuffle with Barto at about 10 p.m. Sept. 5 and was not able to complete her shift, according to court records.
She was placed on medical leave until Sept. 7 and has returned to work, Lt. John Dolgos, the interim police chief, said Sept. 11.
Barto was treated for a small facial laceration at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.
According to court records, Shockley and Cpl. Albert Piasecki responded to the 200-block of Maple Avenue for a complaint of a man carrying a walking stick and yelling profanities at people in the area. The man, subsequently identified as Barto, appeared to be intoxicated, according to police.
In a statement of probable cause, Piasecki said an “irate” Barto raised the wooden walking stick in an aggressive manner and threatened to assault him. The walking stick was described in court records as about 4 feet long.
A scuffle ensued as the officers attempted to get the walking stick away from Barto. It was at this time that Shockley’s right hand was smashed between an iron rail and the stick that Barto was holding, according to charging documents in the District Court for Kent County.
Piasecki reported that after he was able to get the stick from Barto, he took Barto to the ground to be handcuffed “due to him being combative and to effect the arrest.”
While on the ground, Barto allegedly kicked Shockley in the leg.
Barto was placed under arrest at 10:09 p.m., according to court records.
He was transported to the police station on High Street, where he allegedly became belligerent and kicked Piasecki in the thigh. After that, Barto was taken to the ground and placed in leg shackles to prevent him from further kicking, according to court records.
Piasecki reported that he called for emergency medical services personnel to evaluate Barto for a small laceration on the cheek. The Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad transported Barto to the nearby hospital.
During transport, Barto allegedly kicked Piasecki.
After receiving medical treatment at the hospital, Barto was returned to the police station for processing.
Shockley sought treatment at the hospital for a bruised finger, according to court records.