Police still probing stabbings that left one dead

February 22, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Saturday night's stabbing that left one man dead and another injured in Hagerstown's North End may have been prompted by something minor, Hagerstown City Police said Tuesday.

"It's not looking like drugs or anything long-standing between them," said Detective Steve Hoover.

Arismende Villaman, 18, of 17940 West Oak Ridge Drive, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder after Gordon Lynn Moats died of wounds following a 10 p.m. stabbing Saturday in a parking lot adjacent to Fun World and Long Meadow Bowl, Hagerstown City Police said.

Moats, 22, of 15661 Clear Spring Road, Williamsport, died at Washington County Hospital at about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Ralph Curtis Myers, 22, of 541 Salem Ave., remained hospitalized Tuesday but police said early in the day that his condition was improving.

Police said they had no updated information and Washington County Hospital would not release any information about Myers late Tuesday.

Erik Villaman, 19, also of 17940 West Oak Ridge Drive, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing of Myers, police Sgt. Dennis Ballam said.


The two Hagerstown brothers were released on $175,000 bond each late Tuesday.

Arismende and Erik Villaman also were each charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

Frederick Elbert Miles IV, 31, of Funkstown, was charged with first-degree assault against Erik Villaman, police said. He was released after posting bond, jail officials said.

"We are still interviewing a lot of people," Hoover said.

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