UPDATE (5:20 p.m.)—Eliyahu Werdesheim took the stand Wednesday, describing his confrontation with a 15-year-old teen in Upper Park Heights on Nov. 19, 2010.
Werdesheim said "he acted in self-defense when the teen attacked him with a board," according to a FOX45 News report. "He testified that he believed his skills in negotiation and de-escalation from his time in the Israeli military would help him defuse the situation."
Werdesheim and his brother, Avi, residents of Cheswolde, face charges of false imprisonment, second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in connection with the incident, court documents state.
Eli Werdesheim was patrolling the neighborhood as a member of the watch group Shomrim of Baltimore when the confrontation occurred.
According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Eli Werdesheim spoke in court for about 30 minutes, detailing what he saw, how he encountered 15-year-old Corey Ausby, and that he regrets getting out of his car.
Avi Werdesheim helped a woman who fainted in court Tuesday.