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Pizza worker charged in stabbing

May 28, 2002

SMITHSBURG - A pizza parlor employee was being held on $15,000 bond after a co-worker was robbed and stabbed during a confrontation Friday afternoon, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.

William Austin Harp, 43, of no fixed address, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon and theft less than $500.

Harp was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Saturday night, a deputy said.

Police said an employee at Rocky's Pizza on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg left his wallet, containing $150, on a bathroom sink in the restaurant.

While he was delivering a pizza, another employee went into the bathroom to clean it, police said. That employee was seen leaving the building and walking across the parking lot, police said.

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When the delivery man returned, he went to the bathroom to retrieve his wallet and found the cash missing, police said. The delivery man saw the other employee in the parking lot and confronted him about the missing money.

The suspect is accused of pulling out a knife and stabbing the delivery man in the left wrist and side before fleeing, police said.

State and county police searched for the man using a police dog and a helicopter. He was caught after sheriff's dispatcher Joe Keller noticed him walking on Md. 64 near Emerald Drive.

Police took the man into custody without incident. During a search, police found $153 in his possession, police said.

The delivery driver did not need medical treatment, police said.

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