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Man faces charges after stabbing

March 10, 2004|BY PEPPER BALLARD and BRIAN SHAPPELL

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HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man was charged with attempted second-degree murder after a stabbing near a downtown pizza shop Tuesday, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The attack followed a fight just before the lunch hour in front of O'Donald Pizza at 66 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, police said.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Richard Johnson said a fight between Teeshi Davis, 18, of 1004H Noland Drive, and Tayvonne J. Roman, 23, whose address was not released, in front of the restaurant culminated in a stabbing at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.

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Johnson said Roman was stabbed in the side of the head and the abdomen with a folding knife.

After a more than 30-minute search for a green Dodge Stratus believed to be driven by Davis, who was being sought in connection with the stabbing, police apprehended him as he sat in the driver's side of the car, Johnson said.

Officer Dwayne Freeman found the car parked illegally at the intersection of Mulberry and East Antietam streets in Hagerstown at about 12:24 p.m., he said.

Davis was charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder, attempted robbery, attempted robbery with a dangerous and deadly weapon, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, wearing and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injure and attempted theft, police said.

Upon his arrest, Davis was locked in the back seat of a police cruiser as detectives and police officers discussed the case.

After police took Davis into custody, they took him to Washington County Hospital so Roman, who was conscious, could identify him, Johnson said.

Police said Tuesday evening that Roman was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

Johnson said members of the downtown foot squad, the patrol shift and the Street Crimes Unit "flooded the area" within minutes after the stabbing.

"The quick response was obviously why the arrest was made so quickly," Johnson said.

Davis appeared before District Court Commissioner Timothy Haven on Tuesday evening. Davis, wearing what appeared to be a white painter's jump suit and handcuffs, appeared relaxed.

Haven set Davis' bond at $750,000. Haven said Davis' bond review hearing would be today.

Afterward, Davis was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held Tuesday night, a detention center spokeswoman said.

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