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Three stabbed by men looking for guns

January 30, 2002

Three stabbed by men looking for guns



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Three family members were stabbed in their Happy Creek subdivision home early Tuesday when two men entered their house looking for guns, said Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober.

A man, woman and their son were stabbed and remained hospitalized Tuesday night.

The incident started about 3 a.m. when Linda Seal was awakened by their dog barking outside, said Boober.

When Seal's husband, Roger Seal, went outside the front door of the house at 208 Cedar Lane to investigate, he became involved in a struggle with two men, said Boober.

A third man with the assailants fled shortly after the group arrived at the house, Boober said.

Roger Seal was stabbed, although it was unclear how many times.

The two men then went inside where Linda Seal and her son Andy Seal were stabbed, said Boober. The assailants then seated them in the house and asked for the location of the guns.

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One of the men broke the glass on a gun cabinet, removed about six guns, and put them in a military-style duffle bag, said Boober.

Boober said the two men left the house with the guns.

Roger and Andy Seal were taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where they were listed in good condition Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Linda Seal initially was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, but was later taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Boober said.

Linda Seal's condition could not be determined Tuesday afternoon because she was still under observation, the hospital spokeswoman said.

The ages of the victims, all adults, were not released.

Although police were trying to sort out the details of the attack Tuesday, it appears Linda Seal may have been stabbed with an ice pick and Roger Seal may have been stabbed with a knife, said Boober.

Boober said he does not think the stabbings were a random incident. Although Boober declined to go into detail, he said Roger Seal indicated he had seen the men before.

"We've got a pretty good idea who it is. We just need to follow a few leads," said Boober.

Happy Creek subdivision is near the Spectratech plant in Kearneysville.

One of the suspects was described as a white male, in his mid-20s and being about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He had a neatly trimmed beard and dark brown hair.

The second man was described as being a white male, in his mid-20s and being about 6 feet tall. He had red hair, a ruddy complexion and a long nose, Boober said.

Anyone with information about the attack can call the sheriff's department at 1-304-728-3203.

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