January 13, 2012 at 6:42 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Baltimore man arrested for assaulting Remington’s manager

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was arrested on a charge of felony assault on Jan. 7 at the Capitol Hill gay bar Remington’s after police say he punched Remington’s manager Rick Rindskopf in the head, knocking him to the floor unconscious. Rindskopf was treated and released at George Washington University hospital after receiving stitches to treat a facial cut.

A police report says witnesses said that Brad Johnson assaulted Rindskopf when the manager told him to leave the bar after he observed that Johnson was bumping into people on the dance floor and “acting disorderly.” Rindskopf and Remington’s owner Doug Bogaev said bartenders at the club reported Johnson had not purchased any alcoholic beverages during his stay at the club, leading them to believe his violent behavior was not due to alcohol intoxication.

Police also charged Johnson with assaulting Remington’s employee Eric Dunn after Dunn came to Rindskopf’s aid.

The United States Attorney’s office, which prosecutes crimes in the city, lowered the charge against Johnson from felony assault to misdemeanor assault during a court appearance on Jan. 7, where Johnson was released while awaiting trial. A court status hearing was scheduled for Jan. 30

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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