Bond set in stabbing of teenager

December 01, 1998

Timothy BorumBy MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Bond was set Monday for a 14-year-old boy charged with stabbing a younger teenager on a playground at Noland Village on Friday.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France on Monday set bond at $15,000 for Timothy Lorenzo Borum, of 1052 H Noland Drive.

Borum was charged as an adult with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Bond initially had been denied.

"I've spoken with Timothy's mother ... she's the one who called police that night," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Bill Hayden.


Borum had a misdemeanor theft charge in Montgomery County, Md., but had no trouble with the law since moving to Hagerstown, Hayden said.

Efforts apparently are under way to return Borum to the juvenile system, Hayden said.

The victim, Jose Benitez, 13, suffered a collapsed lung in the attack, police said. He was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital on Monday afternoon.

A student at Springfield Middle School, Benitez was expected to be released soon, hospital officials said.

Friday night, Lisa Scuffins, 18, who said she was Benitez' girlfriend, said Benitez and some of his classmates were arguing near a basketball court. She didn't know what the fight was about.

Scuffins said words escalated into a fistfight and Borum went to his house and then returned to the park.

Minutes later, Benitez was stabbed in the back, Scuffins said.

Benitez went to his apartment and his mother called for help at about 5:30 p.m.

An officer handcuffed Borum, who was only as tall as the officer's chest, and took him away in a squad car.

Police said they interviewed adults who witnessed the stabbing.

As police were ready to leave the crime scene, three youths ran up to an officer and handed him a pocket knife they said belonged to Benitez.

France told Borum that if he is released on bond, he is to have no contact with the victim or with Court 8 at Noland Village.

Borum, who cried softly as he answered France's questions Monday, kissed his mother as he left the courtroom.

- Marlo Barnhart and Laura Ernde

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