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Brothers charged in fatal stabbing

February 20, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Two Hagerstown brothers were in jail Sunday after a Williamsport man died and a Hagerstown man was injured in a stabbing the night before outside a pool hall and arcade, Hagerstown City Police said.

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Arismende Villaman, 18, of 17940 West Oakridge Drive, was charged with second-degree murder Sunday after Gordon Lynn Moats, 22, of Williamsport, was stabbed about 10 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot adjacent to Fun World and Long Meadow Bowl, police said.

Moats was taken to Washington County Hospital and died about 6 a.m. Sunday. Ralph Curtis Myers, age unavailable, of Hagerstown, remained in the hospital in serious condition Sunday night, police said.

Erik Villaman, 19, also of 17940 West Oakridge Drive, was charged with assault with intent to murder in the stabbing of Myers, police Sgt. Dennis Ballam said.

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The incident happened in a parking lot adjacent to Fun World and Long Meadow Bowl and spread into the Long Meadow Shopping Center parking lot on Leitersburg Pike, police said.

The fight and resulting arrests came as a surprise to Ron Owings, manager of Fun World, who said he has known the Villaman brothers for years.

"It is a total shock," he said.

A man identifying himself as Moats' father answered a phone at the home Sunday and declined to comment.

Arismende Villaman's charges include second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Erik Villaman was charged with assault with intent to murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Frederick Elbert Mills IV, 31, of Funkstown, was charged with first-degree assault against Erik Villaman, police said.

Police detectives could not be reached Sunday night for further information on the incident.

Owings said he saw the actions preceding the stabbings.

The Villamans are regular customers at Fun World, Owings said. They have been playing pool at his business three or four times a week for at least two years, he said.

The Villamans were playing pool about 9 p.m. Saturday when a man, who was playing the arcade game Tekken 3, walked over and began arguing with them, Owings said. The man was forced to leave by security, he said.

An hour later the man returned with a second man, he said. When it appeared a fight was going to break out, Owings said he made them leave. He did not know the names of the men he saw, he said.

He called police, and while they arrived within five minutes, "a lot happened in five minutes," Owings said.

During that time, Jonathan Nalewak, 16, of Shamokin, Pa., went out to the parking lot to see what was happening.

Nalewalk said he and David Hockenberry, 28, of Chambersburg, Pa., were playing pool one table away from the Villamans when the altercation broke out.

Nalewak said he saw Myers when he went outside.

"He had blood pouring down his shirt," Nalewak said.

Nalewak said he lay Myers down and put pressure on his chest, using the first-aid lessons he learned last year. He kept Myers talking until the ambulance came, he said.

"It made me feel good," he said Sunday at Fun World. "I'm glad he made it."

Owings said the Villamans have always been friendly to him.

"They were never a problem. Not even an argument," he said.

Owings said Saturday's stabbing was the first serious incident there in years.

Ron Turner, manager of the bowling alley, said he had no comment on the fight.

Police were still investigating the incident Sunday night. Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.

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