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Two men face charges in city stabbing

February 02, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown Police Department charged two Hagerstown men on Sunday in connection with a stabbing that left a 4-inch knife blade lodged in a man's right cheekbone, Hagerstown police said.

Police said one of the two men stabbed the 37-year-old Hagerstown man in front of his wife and daughter while the other man held him.

The stabbing occurred on the street in the 1300 block of West Church Street following a verbal dispute between the victim and the two men arrested, police said.

The victim was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital on Sunday night, a hospital official said.

The victim was brought into the Washington County Hospital about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and underwent emergency surgery to remove the knife, police said. The victim's right cheekbone, mouth, tongue and teeth were injured in the stabbing, police said.

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Police issued arrest warrants for two men, who were arrested separately later in the day.

Justin Daniel Pentoney, 18, of 1209 Potomac Ave., was charged with single counts of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault

Joseph Arthur Keltner, 19, of 1316 W. Church St., was charged with single counts of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.

Both Pentoney and Keltner were being held on bond at the Washington County Detention Center Sunday night. Pentoney is being held on $150,000, while Keltner is being held on $130,000, a center spokesperson said.

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