For Immediate Release 3/21/17
Southeast Baltimore— Kurt Fletcher, who made headlines for violently assaulting a woman in Fells Point last year, was convicted on all counts by a Baltimore City jury in February. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Fletcher was charged with first degree assault, robbery, second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and theft. Assistant State’s Attorney Natalie Hynum of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) prosecuted the case.
On July 22, 2016, two women were walking along the 1800 block of Bank Street when one woman was attacked by Fletcher. According to the eyewitness—the victim’s friend—Fletcher grabbed the victim by the arm and dragged her into the street. Once in the street, Fletcher lifted the woman off the ground and threw her against the back of a parked car.
The woman hit her head on the car and then on the concrete below. She was then dragged by Fletcher into the middle of the street by the arm. According to the witness, Fletcher violently grabbed the woman by her hair and yanked her head into the air before slamming the woman’s head back into the concrete. The blow rendered the woman unconscious.
Fletcher grabbed the woman’s purse and fled on foot. The purse contained a wallet, $40 in cash, credit cards, and an IPhone 5.
The woman was transported to the hospital, where she remained for five days due to the severe head injuries she sustained during the attack. The woman’s skull was fractured, and she had to have 43 staples placed in her head after receiving brain surgery. She was unable to return to work for several months following the assault.
Fletcher was seen on surveillance footage minutes after the attack using the stolen credit cards. He was identified by the eyewitness via photo array.
“I admire this family’s resolve to pursue justice,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “They’ve supported their loved one while she spent weeks recovering, they’ve been involved in trial preparation, and this woman’s dear friend stepped up and testified in court to secure the conviction. This is a successful example of when the community, victims and witnesses participate in and endure the criminal justice process, justice can be served.”