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Bond halved for man charged in stabbing

May 26, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A judge sitting in Washington County District Court on Tuesday cut in half the bond for a man charged with attempted murder in connection with an April 14 stabbing at the Best Value Inn north of Hagerstown.

Rahil Nawaz II, 27, of 3417 Southern Ave. in Suitland, Md., is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and openly carrying a knife with the intent of causing injury.

Frederick County District Judge W. Milnor Roberts, sitting in Washington County, reduced Nawaz's bond from $500,000 to $250,000 during a bond review hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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He was charged in the stabbing of David Applewhite.

Nawaz's attorney, John Salvatore, said Nawaz has no prior criminal record and is a December graduate of the University of Maryland. He said Nawaz lives with his uncle in Prince George's County, Md.

Salvatore said it was at his urging that Nawaz turned himself in to police.

According to charging documents, Stacie Remsburg and Applewhite went to the Best Value Inn on Mason Dixon Road north of Hagerstown at about midnight on April 14. Applewhite told police that he got out of Remsburg's car at the motel and was grabbed by a man who demanded money, charging documents say. Applewhite told police he tried to hold the robber's right hand, which held a knife, according to court documents.

Police who talked to Applewhite at Washington County Hospital learned he had four stab wounds, about1/2 inch wide, on the left side of his back.

Applewhite described his attacker as a light-skinned black man who had a small goatee and was wearing a black baseball hat, according to court documents.

When police questioned Remsburg at the hospital, she "provided no clothing description and said he (was) possibly as tall as (Applewhite)."

Police later went to Remsburg's home to ask her more questions about the incident. Remsburg wasn't home but police questioned her mother, who told them Nawaz was Remsburg's boyfriend, court documents allege. She told police she never heard of Applewhite, documents say.

On April 22, police took a photo lineup, including a picture of Nawaz taken from the Motor Vehicle Administration's records, to Applewhite, who picked out Nawaz's photo, court documents allege.

Applewhite told police he did not know Nawaz when he identified the man as his attacker, according to charging documents.

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