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Man charged in hotel stabbings

March 15, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Two Salisbury, Md., men were taken to Washington County Hospital after an argument Saturday night escalated into a stabbing, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said they received reports at 10:49 p.m. that the men were stabbed by a man at the Motel 6 near Hagerstown.

Deputy Arnold Cerezo said Robert Jordan, 42, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of first- and second-degree assault and one count of possession of controlled dangerous substances.

Police charged Jordan with stabbing one of the men once as a third person was trying to break up their argument. Jordan then stabbed the man's cousin twice, Cerezo alleged.

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He said the weapon was not found. Crack cocaine and marijuana were found in Jordan's room during a subsequent search, Cerezo said.

Cerezo said Harold Shrieves, 36, suffered one stab wound to the lower left abdomen and Brian Taylor, 32, suffered two wounds to his upper chest.

"The wounds were not life-threatening, but they did require stitches," Cerezo said.

A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said the men were treated and released.

Jordan was being held Sunday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond on the assault charges and $20,000 on the drug charge, a detention center spokesman said.

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