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December 3, 2008

Baltimore roller boys thwart break-in at Dougherty's Pub

harm city homicideKnock knock ...

It was midnight Monday Nov. 17, and a few members of the Harm City Homicide male roller derby team were drinking at Dougherty's Pub (223 W. Chase St.) in Mount Vernon. They were pretty much alone in the place, except for the waitress and the bartender.

Then the waitress comes running out of the back of Dougherty's and tells them someone is trying to break into the kitchen, recalls Tracy Williams (pictured, bottom center).

The boys ran into the kitchen, and sure enough, they heard a loud, persistent banging on the back door. There was a man on the other side trying to push and pry it open. And he wouldn't stop -- even though he knew there were people holding it shut, Williams said ...

So a couple members of the derby crew sat down in front of the door while someone called the police, he said.

"I was never quite clear whether the guy was really drunk or crazy or what, but he was very insistent that he had to come through that door," he said.

dougherty's pub

"Basically we were like, 'No, no that's not really the way this is going to be resolved. You need to calm down and leave.'

But he just kept going at the door. He didn't seem to register that the door wasn't moving anymore. It was just one guy and there were four of us holding it back there wasn't really anything happening." 

After about five or 10 minutes, the police showed up and arrested the man, Williams said.

The bartender thanked the derby boys for their assistance and treated them to a few complimentary rounds.

I heard a rumor that due to the free drinks, a couple of the guys called in sick to work the next day. So I asked Williams about that.

"As far as I know, that is true," he said.


(Photos of Harm City Homicide crew and Dougherty's Pub by Gene Sweeney Jr./Sun photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:17 AM | | Comments (17)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


aw, our guys are the best!

in addition to saving the day at the bar, many of the HCH skaters have been volunteering with us for years as referees or support staff.

Pixie Rocket
Charm City Roller Girls

Harm City Homicide are the true heroes of Baltimore. Come see them play at DuBurns Arena on January 11th at 7:00 pm!

Way to go, Homicide!!! Men's derby to the rescue! Miss you guys.

Slight correction, Duchess - that's January 17, not January 11!

Crime fighting derby boys! I can completely imagine this as a super hero cartoon show. Good job.

We seriously need to consider donning rad suits and becoming super heroes.

Despite their high level of secrecy, I am surprised that it's taken the press this long to reveal the covert crime-fighting activities of Harm City Homicide.

You would be stunned, Baltimore, if you knew the full extent of their tireless heroism. The least you can do is to see them take on the Connecticut Death Quads on January 17th.

I take on the scum of Baltimore with my Carnage Asada "hop-sauce"! OK, that was really weak. Burrito-bash? What about my sidekick, Chalupacabra?

No one had there whistle? Oh that's right is wasn't referree practice. By the way, I'd like to take the pepsi challenge on that Carnage Asada "hop-sauce" if it actually exists; otherwise a brilliant idea.
Cheers crime-fighters!

the crazy drunk dude trying to bang the door down was sex ed wasn't it?

Crime fighters? Maybe if the drunk dude trying to break in wasn't Sex Ed!

Oh Harm City Homicide! You're my heros!! Every one of you! Mens Derby Conference on Sunday anyone?

Also, can i give a shout out to Frenzy Lohan please? Because she was holding back that door just as much as the boys.

I suspect Sin Diesel was the loco borracho.

Seriously, boys, props on defending Baltimore from crazy dudes.

What the heck is going on with Mt.Vernon? That garage by Club Charles was broken into and a thief whole stole $1.75 in change out of a car that already had no radio and was piece of [crap]. The owner was interviewed on tv and was shocked at why her car was broken into that night. 6 were broken into on thanksgiving night. WTF?

"It was just one guy and there were four of us"

Did anyone try to recruit the guy? Anyone that determined to get past four people (and a door as well) might make a very good jammer.

Has anyone contacted truTV about a reality series starring the Homicide? I reckon it could give "COPS" a run for its money.

Nice going, guys!

Du Schnozzle
(aka "Fulla Bologna")
Mascot, Charm City Roller Girls

They should have opened the back door and introduce the would-be burgular to the deep fryer. Head first.

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