Teen brothers charged with fatal assault of 59 year old man
On Sept. 20, 2019, at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Md., a man was killed by two teenage brothers after a possibly unprovoked attack following an argument over a dollar.
The victim, John Weed, was found unconscious on the ground around 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. He was then airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he soon died.
Witnesses stated that the man was minding his own business, enjoying the sights the fair had to offer, when the two teens approached him.
"Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses who indicated that the person assaulted was the victim of an unprovoked attack," the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. "As a result of the investigation, two juvenile suspects were able to be identified and were later located and arrested by the sheriff’s office."
Rumors about what may have occurred soon spread across the fair, causing the organizers of the event to take to Facebook in an attempt to clear things up.
"The Great Frederick Fair’s number one priority is the safety and security of our guests," the statement said. "To dispel rumors of the events of last night, while there was an assault, there was NO shooting and NO stabbing. The team of security and law enforcement was able to respond rapidly to control and contain the incident."
A 16-year-old has been charged with second-degree assault, and a 15-year-old has been charged with reckless endangerment and first and second-degree assault. Although the teens were not charged as adults, this could change following the death of the man. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is now consulting with state prosecutors to determine the possibility of additional charges in light of the man's passing.
Investigators interviewed both suspects, but no details have been released about a possible motive.
According to ABC News, sources have told Washington ABC affiliate WJLA that it is possible that the suspects were playing the "knockout game" where the objective is to knock out the victim with a single punch. The sheriff's office has not confirmed those suspicions.
The game has been linked to multiple assault reports in about six states, and several people have been killed.