Bond at $75,000 for city man charged in stabbing

September 23, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

Bon remained at $75,000 Friday for a Hagerstown man accused of trying to kill another city man in a fight over a juvenile prank.

Chad Ryan Thomas, 18, of 30 E. Lee St., was charged Thursday with the attempted second-degree murder of Brandon Louis Stickley, according to records in Washington County District Court.

Thomas and Stickley allegedly got in a fight around 2:30 a.m. last Sunday in the first block of East Lee Street after Stickley became upset when Thomas' juvenile cousin poured baby powder in his hat, according to charging documents in District Court.


When Stickley called the juvenile male to come back outside, Thomas appeared instead, court records state. Thomas allegedly told Stickley he wasn't going to let Stickley hit his cousin, court records state.

An argument led to punches being thrown and Stickley was cut in the face with a broken metal frame from a screen, court records state.

The juvenile told police that Thomas - his cousin - asked him to bring him something so the juvenile brought Thomas a 12- to 14-inch knife, court records state. Stickley was stabbed in the left hand with a knife, court records state.

Friday morning, Thomas was at the Washington County Detention Center and appeared via video before District Court Judge R. Noel Spence for a bond review.

"I'm sorry that this had to happen," Thomas told Spence.

"It didn't have to happen," Spence said.

Spence ordered Thomas' bond to remain at $75,000. His preliminary hearing is Oct. 16.

Thomas also was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, according to charging documents in Washington County District Court.

The juvenile male was brought to the Hagerstown Police Department's juvenile holding room for questioning, according to court records.

Police found a knife in Thomas' home in a bedroom tote, where the juvenile told police he put it after washing off the blade, court records state.

Court records did not state whether the juvenile was charged. The investigating officers could not be reached Friday for comment.

Stickley's age was not stated in court records.

He was treated at Washington County Hospital and received nine stitches in his hand, court records state.

The District Court computer system listed Thomas' address as Falling Waters, W.Va., but charging documents state Thomas was kicked out of his house four weeks ago and has been living at 30 E. Lee St.

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