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Police seeking assault suspect

July 06, 2004

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Police Department was asking for the public's help to find a man wanted in a July 1 stabbing in the East Antietam Street area.

Police said in a written release that Dustin Lee Thomas, 21, whose last known address is 32 E. Lee St. in Hagerstown, was charged in an arrest warrant with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, reckless endangerment and attempted theft.

The police department was told by a Washington County Hospital representative that a stabbing victim, Dustin Joseph Patterson, 18, was being treated in the hospital's emergency room on July 1 at 4:44 a.m. Patterson was treated for a stab wound to the lower left side of his back and was later released from the facility.

Patterson told police that he was walking behind 56 E. Antietam St. to his home when two men, one of whom demanded money from him, approached.

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When Patterson told the men he didn't have any money to give them, he was assaulted, police said. One of the men repeatedly attempted to stab Patterson while both men tried to search him for anything of value, police said.

When a resident in the area heard the commotion, went outside and yelled at the group, the men who assaulted Patterson ran, police said.

Patterson realized that he had been stabbed in the lower back and walked to the hospital emergency room for treatment, police said.

Thomas is described as a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

The Hagerstown Police Department Criminal Investigations Division asks that anyone with information on Thomas call 301-739-6000.

The investigative division also is asking for help in identifying the second person believed to be involved in the stabbing. He was described as white teenage boy, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, with brown hair and wearing a white T-shirt.

Police ask that anyone with information on the second person call them at 301-790-3700 ext. 234.

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