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Assailant at large after truck driver stabbed in shoulder

June 21, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A tractor-trailer driver was performing the routine task of visually inspecting his vehicle at a Hagerstown convenience store in Sunday's pre-dawn hours.

Moments later, he found himself stabbed in the shoulder by a man requesting money in the parking lot.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Richard Johnson said the 33-year-old victim, whose identity and address were not released, was stabbed in the left shoulder in the parking lot of the Sheetz in the 1300 block of South Potomac Street at about 4:57 a.m.

Johnson said the attacker was still at large Sunday evening. He said the motive for the stabbing was not known.

The assailant was described as a white man, between 18 and 20 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He had a mustache and a goatee, according to a police news release issued Sunday. Police said the man was last seen wearing a white, oversized jersey with blue lettering, blue jeans and a ball cap.

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The victim was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Police released the following account of Sunday morning's incident:

The truck driver, employed by Hoffman Transports of Greencastle, Pa., was inspecting the truck and trailer when a man approached him requesting money. The driver said he did not have money and was followed around the truck by the man.

The man then stabbed the driver from behind and immediately began traveling north, by foot, away from the store.

The assailant was reportedly seen at several locations in Hagerstown prior to the stabbing. He reportedly was seen asking for money Saturday in the first block of Summit Avenue and at an unnamed Salem Avenue convenience store.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Detective Jason Ackerman or Detective Steve Hoover at 301-790-3700.

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