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Two arrested in fatal stabbing

November 30, 1999|By Daniel J. Sernovitz

HAGERSTOWN -

Hagerstown police arrested two Frederick, Md., residents, including a 14-year-old boy, in connection with the stabbing death of a 22-year-old Hagerstown man early Saturday following an altercation involving several individuals, according to a news release from the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police responded to the 100 block of West North Street on Saturday about 1 a.m. for a report of a fight and stabbing and found Eliezer Rodriguez, 22, of 600 N. Prospect St., suffering from several stab wounds to his upper torso. A second man, Cesar Miranda Rodriguez, 27, of 229 N. Jonathan St., also sustained a stab wound to his torso, according to the release.

Both men were taken to Washington County Hospital, where Eliezer Rodriguez died as a result of his injuries, police said. Cesar Rodriguez, no relation to Eliezer Rodriguez, was treated at the hospital and later released, police said.

Police said they believe the men were involved in a fight with several Hispanic men who fled from the scene in a 1992 Dodge Caravan with Pennsylvania registration plates later recovered in Frederick.

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Police arrested Irving Atllio Benitez, 14, of the 154 Willowdale Drive, Apt. 14, in Frederick, and Angel T. Villatoro, 35, of 33 E. 6th St. in Frederick, police said.

Both were charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one count of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, police said.

Both are being held without bail at the Washington County Detention Center, Hagerstown Police Sgt. David Long said.

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