SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County Councilman Larry Dodd, elected in 2014, and current vice-president of the council, was a victim of an assault in his home last Thursday.
Police say Dodd was assaulted by 41-year-old Ian Christian Lundberg, who was later arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, burglary and trespassing.
Police say Lundberg is the on-and-off again boyfriend of Juliet Spann, who was called to the home after Spann’s dog bit Dodd’s dog.
Dodd was not able to speak with WBOC, but Spann says they have been feuding for a while–and the source of tension: dogs.
Spann says her adult German Shepherd bit Dodd’s smaller dog a few weeks back and things have been heated ever since.
“My dog Rosy got loose and she jumped his fence and bit his dog. I wasn’t there so I wasn’t able to see exactly what happened, but his dog was injured.”
Spann says things cooled off until this Thursday when her dog got loose again and was roaming in the front yard.
She says Dodd spotted the dog, called the police, and things escalated quickly.
Soon after this, Spann says she got a call from her landlord saying she would be evicted.
Spann called her boyfriend, Lundberg, who headed to the neighborhood to speak with Dodd.
Spann says Dodd was visibly angry at this point, cursing and screaming from his porch. Salisbury Police Department said in a press release that Dodd, the victim, stood in the doorway with a baseball bat.
As the argument progressed, the suspect forced his way into the residence where the verbal argument quickly turned physical. During the physical confrontation, the suspect struck the victim with a closed fist about his head and upper body area. The suspect continued the assault by grabbing the baseball bat and striking the victim in the head with the bat.
Salisbury Police Department Capt. Rich Kaiser said Lundberg was not at the home when police arrived.
“It was shortly after 1 a.m. where officers were able to apply for charges and charge him with assault, with burglary, and then they were able to locate him on Mt. Hermon Road,” Kaiser said.
Police say Dodd was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries. His fellow council members told WBOC he has since been released from the hospital.
Councilman Josh Hastings said in a statement:
Councilman Dodd has been in my prayers and I’ve contacted him to wish a speedy recovery. He is a dedicated public servant and a good friend. Incidents like this show how our community must renew its commitment to further creating a culture of peace, civility, and understanding.
-Councilman Josh Hastings
(Wicomico County, District 4)
Spann says she wishes things could have worked out differently, but she is looking for a new place to live.
“I’m sorry for what happened. He should have come to speak with me and it should not have ended like this,” Spann said.