Police probe 2nd downtown attack in two nights

January 06, 1998

Police probe 2nd downtown attack in two


For the second night in a row, Hagerstown City Police were called out to investigate an attack in the downtown area in which someone was injured.

Just after midnight, Officer Todd Dunkle responded to an alley in the first block of East Washington Street for a report of a man robbed at gunpoint and then assaulted with a whiskey bottle.

Arthur Edward King, 22, of 31 E. Washington St., told police he was approached in an alley behind the Alexander House by three black men who pointed a gun at him and demanded his money.


After forcing him to his knees and getting his wallet, the men then struck King in the face with a whiskey bottle.

King was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Police are still searching for a man accused of stabbing a 16-year-old boy late Sunday when the teenager went to the aid of a pregnant woman who was being beaten at Antietam and Potomac streets.

James Edward Fox III, of 423 Freemont St., was in fair condition this morning at Washington County Hospital with stab wounds under both arms and a small wound on his forehead.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday as Fox and three friends were walking, police said.

They saw a man assaulting a pregnant woman at the downtown intersection and Fox went to her aid, police said.

The suspect pulled out a butterfly knife and stabbed Fox three times, police said.

The suspect dropped the knife and fled on foot.

Armed with the weapon and the suspect's name, address and description, police were looking for him Tuesday.

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