Police: Co-owner of Taps and bouncers from Mother's involved in back alley brawl
A co-owner of the South Baltimore bar Taps was hospitalized and charged with assault after allegedly scuffling with several bouncers from the nearby Mother's Federal Hill Grille, according to a police report. A bouncer from Mother's was also charged with assault.
Here is the play-by-play, according to the report: At 1:30 a.m. June 27, police responded to a report of an assault at Mother's. There, they found David Holter, a co-owner of Taps, with a "busted eye" and a cut on the back of his head, and Holter's friend Luke Litchenberger, as well as several Mother's bouncers ...
Litchenberger told police he and Holter were kicked out of Mother's for unknown reasons, and they were jumped by five bouncers in the Patapsco Street alley. In the report, police said Litchenberger had blood smeared on his right forearm and knuckles, but no visible cuts.
Bouncer Matthew Sauers had a different story. He told police that Holter and Litchenberger tried to leave Mother's through the wrong door. Sauers told Holter and Litchenberger they were not allowed to go out that door, but they tried to exit through it anyway. Sauers put a hand on them and escorted them out onto Patapsco Street. There, Sauers was joined by fellow bouncers Jason Ferris, Diallo Walcott and K. Hodge.
Sauers said Litchenberger threw a punch, which started a fight. Holter drew a folding box cutter knife, and Litchenberger punched Hodge in the back of the head and tried to put him in a choke hold. Hodge said he disarmed Holter.
Police arrested Holter and Walcott for assault. Walcott had a knot on his head, according to police, but refused medical treatment. Holter was transported to Harbor Hospital and treated there.
Mother's owner Dave Rather was on vacation when the scuffle occurred, but was quick to defend his employees when he heard about the altercation.
"They're all really professional guys," he said. "They're not your typical $10-an-hour meatheads that want to fight. These guys take security very seriously."
Holter declined comment.
Rather said he met Holter when Taps opened, but otherwise has had little interaction with him. The two bars are only a couple blocks apart on Charles Street, which makes them practically neighbors, he said.
"It's obviously not good for us and not good for the neighborhood," Rather said. "Why would you be fighting at all, and why would you be using a weapon? I don't get it. ... I hope they drop the charges and it goes away. It's not the reputation we want to have."