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Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 05/02/2012

College Park bouncer charged with assault

Prince Prince George's County police have charged a bouncer at a popular College Park bar with first-degree assault, saying he punched, choked and threw to the ground a disorderly patron over the weekend.

The patron, a 23-year-old Air Force member from Wyoming who is on the honor guard at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, was critically injured in the attack, though his condition was considered stable Wednesday, said Julie Parker, a Prince George's County police spokeswoman. She said the bouncer, 28-year-old Marcus A. Plummer, of Berwyn Heights, was released on $50,000 bond Wednesday after his arrest Tuesday night, according to information she received from the Prince George's State's Attorney's Office.

The incident occurred about midnight Sunday at R.J. Bentley's on Baltimore Avenue, Parker said. She said the 23-year-old had thrown a drink at a patron inside the bar and been ejected.

When the 23-year-old tried to come back in, Plummer “punched, choked and threw the victim to the ground face first on the sidewalk outside the bar,” Parker said. She said Plummer is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs almost 400 pounds, and the 23-year-old is 6 feet one inch and weighs about 185 pounds. “The severity of the assault," Parker said, is what led investigators to charge the bouncer.

“This went beyond, it would appear, what a bouncer is required to do,” Parker said.

A call to management at R.J. Bentley's was not immediately returned Thursday night.

This post has been updated.

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