Isaac Hantman of Bethesda was fined $1,000 and sentenced to probation before judgment for one year on Aug. 1 after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman on the trail on April 24.A board member of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, Hantman has been a long-time opponent of the Purple Line, which may run along a portion of the popular trail running from Georgetown to Silver Spring. He is perhaps best known for his occasional letters to the Gazette criticizing the proposed transitway. We briefly met at a Purple Line open house last fall.
According to the statement of charges filed in Montgomery County District Court, Karen Hughes, 48, of Kensington, was walking her dog on a portion of the [Capital Crescent Trail] in Bethesda when she refused to move out of Hantman's way. He was biking toward her and called for her to move.
Hantman, 67, then got off his bike and argued with Hughes, who said she thought there was enough room for the bicycle to pass, according to the charging documents. The arguing allegedly included religious slurs . . .
Hughes tried to walk away, and Hantman allegedly jumped on her back and placed one arm around her head and another around her throat and applied pressure for approximately two to three minutes, according to the charging documents.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
judgment pending for trail attack by purple line opponent
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