Joppa Man Arrested for Assaulting an Off Duty Baltimore City Police Officer
(Joppa, MD – May 6, 2010) On Thursday, May 6, 2010 at approximately 2:30am, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call for an officer in distress near the area of Stillmeadow Road and Haverhill Road in Joppa, MD. Upon arrival, they located an off-duty Baltimore City Police Officer bleeding profusely from a cut to the head. The assailant was not at the scene, but was identified by witnesses as James Kimble, age 20, of the first block of Haverhill Road of Joppa, MD. A short time later deputies were able locate Kimble, who had a jagged edged cut to his right hand and appeared to be intoxicated.
Deputies began investigating the situation that surrounded the events and were able to determine the following. Kimble was part of a group of individuals who had gathered outside of a home in 100 block of Haverhill Drive to mourn the loss of a friend who had recently died in a motorcycle crash. The off-duty officer was waved down by Kimble who exited his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer. Allegedly, Kimble confronted the off–duty officer; used racially derogatory language, accused him of speeding and struck him in the head with a glass beer mug. Medics responded from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and transported the victim to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which included a severe laceration to his left eye.
As a result of the investigation, Kimble was placed under arrest, transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment of his injured hand. He was then transported to the Harford County Detention Center for processing.
Kimble has been charged with 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, reckless endangerment and further charged under CR10-304(1) a first-degree assault committed because of race and color. He is currently being held in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail. A bond review hearing is scheduled at District Court on Friday, May 7, 2010.