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Local businessman arrested following late night assault

September 18th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports one  man was taken to the hospital and two others- including a local businessman- were arrested following an altercation late Saturday at the Sheetz parking lot in Cresaptown. Court documents indicate that Maryland State Police responded to the store at 14606 McMullen Highway where the 42-year-old victim was reportedly found sitting on a sidewalk and bleeding heavily from the head. The court records identify two of the four suspects as Dennis Craig Knippenberg, 55, of Cumberland, and Kevin Christopher Vanhorn, 44, of Rawlings. An investigation reportedly determined that the victim and Knippenberg had argued earlier inside the Cresaptown Eagles Club. According to the documents, the victim told police he left the club building and walked to the nearby Sheetz store and was followed by Knippenberg, Vanhorn and the two other unnamed suspects. He was reportedly struck several times and kicked in the head while on the ground. The victim provided the account to troopers before medical personnel arrived and took him to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. According to the documents, troopers reviewed Sheetz surveillance video, which showed the assault occurred at 11:55 p.m. The Times News article reports that Knippenberg and Vanhorn were ultimately arrested at Shooter's Neighborhood Bar and Grill, which Knippenberg owns, early Sunday. They were each charged with first- and second-degree assault. Vanhorn was granted pretrial release Sunday after posting $75,000 bond set by a district court commissioner. Knippenberg was initially jailed without bond. He was released on his personal recognizance Monday after appearing in a bond review hearing in district court. The other two suspects had reportedly not been charged.

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