Cowenton Avenue in Perry Hall is closed, sort of, except for local traffic, but when this 91-year old Baltimore County driver missed the sign and drove up on a crew laying sewer lines, one of the workers laid into his car.
"'Don't you come any farther.' My car moved a little bit. 'Don't you dare hit me!' You know that sort of thing,” said the elderly victim who wants us to withhold his name out of fear for his safety, “Then he started banging and that's when I let out a few expletives you know of so and so, this and that. 'You're crazy! What are you doing? You don't have to do that." "Oh yea. Get your car out of here or I'm going to keep on banging!"
Banging with a heavy duty broom knocking out both of his headlights and scratching his car.
As other workers approached, the elderly driver had enough bearings to drive away fearing for his life.
"The White Marsh Police Station had called and said they had my dad, and we thought he had been in an accident," said the victim’s daughter, Susan Redmer.
But when the victim's family learned of the vicious attack, they put pressure on police to pursue the heavy-handed suspect.
"If a construction workers sees someone going into an area where they shouldn't and you've properly signed the road that it's closed, at that point the police should be called and allow us to handle that situation,” said Cpl. John Wachter of the Baltimore County Police Department. "The construction worker should have called us."
Police say they are now pursuing a suspect with Jacoboni Site Specialists, the company which has rebuked any attempt by the victim's family to take responsibility for the attack and did not respond to our attempt to get their side of the story.
While the victim says he just wants to be made whole again.
"Make them aware of it and then see how they react to paying for the damage that he did."
But his family suggests there might be far more at stake if the hot-headed worker goes unpunished.
"This man who is definitely unstable on the streets in a position of authority---he's a supervisor,” said Redmer, “We need to speak up and stop people like that, and not say like with all the school shootings, 'Why didn't anyone say anything?'"
Baltimore County tells us the sewer extension part of a government contract worth $900,000.
In effect, that means that subcontractor is working at the expense of the taxpayers like the one who's car was attacked.
The county says the worker in question has since been removed from that project.