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Man charged after alleged stabbing with samurai sword

January 05, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

A Hyattsville, Md., man who allegedly stabbed a Hagerstown resident with a samurai sword Sunday morning was arrested and charged with multiple counts of assault, city police said.

City police say the altercation began when the victim, who also was charged in connection with the incident, began chasing the man at his estranged wife's residence.

Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Timothy Wolford said officers arrested James B. Johnson, 27, of 6902 22nd Ave. in Hyattsville, and Thomas P. Macaulay, 27, of 15807 Fairview Road in Hagerstown, following the 11:10 a.m. incident at 1234 Salem Ave. Wolford alleged Macaulay broke into the residence of his estranged wife, who was not identified, and found Johnson inside.

"When he observed Johnson, he chased him upstairs (and eventually outside)," Wolford said.

Wolford alleged Macaulay then began kicking in the windshield of Johnson's car. Johnson, who was in the car at the time, allegedly grabbed a samurai sword that was inside the car and used it to cut Macaulay's right leg, Wolford said.

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"He received about 12 to 14 stitches (at Washington County Hospital), so it was pretty substantial," Wolford said.

Johnson was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property less than $500, a police department news release said. Macaulay was charged with second-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property greater than $500, according to police.

Both were scheduled to be arraigned before a Washington County District Court Commissioner late Sunday.

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