Camden Yards beating sends man to hospital: Police

Gregory Fleischman was charged with first- and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct....

Gregory Fleischman was charged with first- and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Michael Bell (left) faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges.

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, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

A man who suffered severe head trauma and a skull fracture was saved by a childhood friend he hadn’t seen in years following an alleged assault at Camden Yards.

Matt Fortese, 25, of Hagerstown, Md., was on his second date with Taylor Queen, 21, who travelled all the way from Virginia, at Wednesday’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Fortese, a lifelong New York Yankees fan, wore his team’s hat to the game. By the fifth or sixth inning, the couple had endured an hour of heckling regarding the hat from two men seated a section behind them.

One of the men then threw a beer that hit the couple, according to police. Fortese then confronted the men before one of them punched him in the head.

The blow sent Fortese over a railing and onto the concrete five feet below.

Nathan Steelman, an off-duty state trooper, who also happens to be a childhood friend of Fortese, was sitting nearby and rushed over to help.

“You just heard it,” Steelman, 26, said of the commotion. “I rushed over, and I realized it was Matt. He wasn’t breathing. He was unconscious. Blood was coming from his nose.”

After noticing Fortese was not breathing, Steelman relied on the basic emergency medical training he received as a soldier to help his friend. He stuck his finger in Fortese’s mouth and removed a wad of chewing tobacco that blocked the injured man’s airway. Fortese then drew a breath.

Fortese was rushed to hospital where he remained in serious condition on Saturday.

Two men were arrested in connection to the incident.

Gregory Fleischman was charged with first- and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Michael Bell faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges.

"It's very serious," the victim’s brother Jimmy Fortese, 30, said. "They're not saying he's out of the woods yet. They tell us we have to wait and see."


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