SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Police have made an arrest in the beating of an actor who was assaulted in Silver Spring after the opening night of a performance.
Frank Britton, who was starring as Pontius Pilate in the Forum Theatre's production of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," was assaulted early Tuesday morning at a cab stand. Police say four to five people were involved in the attack.
Montgomery County police announced Friday that they've arrested one man, 18-year-old Elijah Smith of Washington. Police say they searched Smith's home and found evidence related to the assault.
An understudy replaced Britton in the play, and friends set up a website to raise money for his medical expenses.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett released the following statement on Monday:
"My thoughts and prayers go out to Frank Britton, a local actor who was brutally attacked and robbed in Silver Spring last week. This violent and senseless crime has touched not only the local acting community of which Mr. Britton was part of, but the entire community. I commend our Montgomery County Police for making an arrest in connection with this crime. Their swift and efficient action on this case will help family and friends of Mr. Britton as they cope in dealing with this crime.As Mr. Britton faces an uphill battle to a full recovery, members of the DC theater community have created a Go Fund Me page to help pay his medical expenses. I applaud the local arts community for coming to Mr. Britton's aid and urge others to join me in contributing."