HANOVER, Md. - Three people were arrested Wednesday night after assaulting a man in front of his two young children following an accident in Hanover, Anne Arundel County police said.
Officers responded at about 9:39 p.m. to Route 175 at Rockenbach Road for a report of a fight between people involved in a car accident.
The first officer at the scene witnessed two men beating up another man. While attempting to break up the fight, the officer was pushed to the ground by the two attackers, police said.
Witnesses told police that a passenger in one vehicle confronted the male passenger in the second vehicle, who was attempting to help his two injured sons. An argument followed and the suspect from the first vehicle allegedly pulled out a knife and tried to stab the victim.
Police said the knife-wielding suspect's family members arrived in a second vehicle. A man jumped out and allegedly joined in the melee. The two male suspects allegedly took the victim to the ground and punched him repeatedly.
After additional officers helped break up the fight, a third female family member started screaming at the victim's family. She allegedly blocked the police investigation along with fire department personnel, who were trying to help the accident victims. The woman was also arrested.
The two male suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree assault and assault on a police officer. Those suspects were identified as Richard McCain, 21, and Gerald Hall, 26, both of the 7900 block of Beach Plum Lane in Severn. McCain was armed with the knife, police said.
Also arrested was Riquita Juanita McCain, 21, also of the 7900 block of Beach Plum Lane.
Police said the victim's two sons, ages 3 and 6, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The father of the boys was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The injured officer was treated and released from the hospital.