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City man faces charges in stabbing at Walnut Towers

Maurice Raymond Frock, Jr. faces numerous charges, including one of attempted murder, in connection with a robbery spree at Waln

Maurice Raymond Frock, Jr. faces numerous charges, including one of attempted murder, in connection with a robbery spree at Waln

September 05, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was charged Wednesday with stealing a purse from a Walnut Towers apartment and stabbing an 84-year-old man who tried to get it back.

John Hoffman Jr. was treated by Community Rescue Service for a stab wound to the chest, but refused to be taken to the hospital, according to Hagerstown City Police and Washington County District Court records.

"You can't keep an 84-year-old man down. I'm too tough," Hoffman said later Wednesday morning in his apartment. "I wish I had my pepper spray with me."

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Maurice Raymond Frock Jr., 47, of 125 Elm St., was charged with the attempted murder of Hoffman and numerous other charges, court records state.

Frock was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night.

At around 7 a.m. Wednesday, Hoffman heard Clara Goyt call for him because her purse had been stolen by a man heading toward the elevator in the east building of Walnut Towers, Hoffman said.

"I put one foot on the elevator to get her pocketbook and he stabbed me," Hoffman said.

Hoffman said police took one of his favorite shirts for evidence.

"So I'll have to go shopping for a shirt," he said.

Hoffman later went to the nearby H.W. Murphy Community Health Center on Walnut Street to have his wound treated and get a tetanus shot, he said.

"I'm all right. I'm breathing," Hoffman said.

Frock and another Hagerstown man were buzzed into 12 S. Walnut St. at around 6 a.m. by a resident of the building, police said. After staying in the resident's apartment for about an hour, Frock left and went to the fourth floor, police said.

Residents Roger Cornell, 65, and Elizabeth Harrison, 74, were drinking coffee in Cornell's apartment, with the door open, when a man walked in and said, "This is a holdup," Harrison said.

The man stole two black leather fanny packs containing $10 to $15 in coins from Cornell's apartment, court records state.

Then the man walked to Goyt's apartment when she opened the door to see what the commotion was about, Goyt said.

"The man came in and took both my pocketbooks," Goyt said. One was empty and the other contained $100 in cash, she said.

Goyt called down the hall for Hoffman's help and Hoffman confronted the man at the elevator, Hoffman and Goyt said.

After Hoffman was stabbed, resident Kathy Blickenstaff alleged that the man raised his hand, in which he was holding a knife, toward her. "I jumped back," she said.

Witnesses told police the man took the elevator upstairs.

Police heard a suspicious conversation in an apartment and upon searching it, found two purses and Frock, who had changed clothes, according to court records. Police found a pair of bloody pants that matched the description of those worn by the robber, court records state.

Frock also was charged with four counts each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault, three counts each of armed robbery and robbery, two counts each of first-degree burglary and theft, and one count each of attempted robbery, attempted armed robbery, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon, court records state.

The knife was a 10-inch kitchen knife, court records state.

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