Charles Village Pub Won't Face Liquor Board

A Baltimore County police investigation found the restaurant's management acted appropriately in connection with a December shooting incident outside the location.

Charles Village Pub won't face disciplinary action from the Baltimore County Liquor Board after shots were fired outside the location in December.

Francis Minsung Kang, 26, of the unit block of Brook Farm Court in Cockeysville was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and use of a handgun in committing a felony after he allegedly fired five shots into a crowd outside the Towson restaurant on Dec. 16 during a dispute. Police said one man was treated for a minor gunshot wound after he was struck in the hand.

Kang, a Cockeysville resident, was indicted of the charges on Tuesday, according to electronic court records. A trial date has not yet been set.

After a more than month long investigation, Baltimore County police determined that the management of Charles Village Pub, at 19 W. Pennsylvania Avenue,  acted appropriately in connection with the incident and bore no responsibility, said Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman. She said the restaurant does not face the loss of its liquor license.

In a similar incident, Recher Theatre was summoned before the board to defend its liquor license after a violent melee outside the venue in September.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz publicly admonished Recher Theatre's operators following the fights.

After a police investigation, a lawyer for the Baltimore County Liquor Board and Recher's management came to a written agreement that the venue was not at fault for the incident.

Kamenetz's immediate response to the Charles Village Pub incident was

Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman, said Wednesday afternoon that the county executive defers to police findings in the December case.

Correction: This article has been updated to include more accurate information regarding the Recher Theatre liquor board hearing. Patch regrets the error.

M. Sullivan January 23, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Why don't you superimpose the "frostbite" from the Photo of the Day on Timonium Patch onto the picture of Mr. Kang. He would look a lot less menacing and be quite entertaining as well!
Karl January 24, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Thanks for pointing out the similarity of Kamenetz's knee-JERK procliminations. One would hope, after his earlier flub, Kamenetz would have enough sense to let BCPD investigate and make decisions based on factual information rather than use these incidents as a political opportunity. Apparently not.


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