Cumberland Man Convicted of Disorderly Conduct and Assault

Fought With a Park Ranger

March 26, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. DiGirolamo convicted Brian Grosh, age 46, of Cumberland, Maryland, today after a two day bench trial of disorderly conduct and assault related to Grosh’s attack on a U.S. Park Ranger and two other federal employees, who were doing a survey on federal property which Grosh previously had claimed belonged to him.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP).

According to testimony at trial, on April 10, 2008, two federal employees, were conducting survey work along the C&O Canal towpath, accompanied by a U.S. Park Ranger, setting points on a National Park Service (NPS) boundary adjacent to the towpath. The NPS owns a strip of land which goes through a field owned by Brian Grosh. Grosh had been notified that NPS would be conducting a survey in the area. Witnesses testified that Grosh had previously accosted surveyors working in the area. Concerned for their safety, the federal employees requested that a law enforcement officer accompany them for protection.

According to trial testimony, Grosh drove to the area where the survey was taking place. Grosh got out of the car, angry and shouting threats at the surveyors. Heading toward the surveyors, witnesses testified that Grosh pulled a survey stake out of the ground, throwing it toward the towpath. Grosh continued walking angrily toward the surveyors. Witnesses testified that when the Park Ranger intervened and ordered Grosh to stop, Grosh kicked another stake out of the ground, picked it up and threatened to beat the Ranger, then threw the stake at the Ranger’s head. The Ranger was able to duck, then fired a taser at Grosh, who continued to fight. According to testimony, during the struggle, the Ranger lost the taser gun, which was picked up by one of the federal employees. As Grosh continued to fight, the employee fired the taser at Grosh, stunning him enough that the Ranger was able to handcuff him.

Evidence presented at the trial showed that the land in question was federal land and did not belong to Brian Grosh.

Grosh faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison on each charge. No date has been set for sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Jane Nathan and Christen Sproule, who are prosecuting the case.



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