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Man is charged in W.Va. stabbing

November 13, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A local man was being treated for life-threatening stab wounds Sunday afternoon after West Virginia State Police responded to Roberts Gardens apartments off U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg and found the man and his grandmother stabbed, according to a news release.

State police would not release the identity of the victims because of an ongoing investigation.

Police said they caught a Martinsburg man leaving a nearby apartment with evidence from the scene, although they did not elaborate on what the man had.

Jason Andrew Rea, 26, of 346 Roberts Drive, Apt. 4B, was being held Sunday night in Eastern Regional Jail on two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of attempted murder, according to a news release from state police.

Trooper J.B. Flanigan and three troopers responded to building 247 at Roberts Gardens at about 3:53 a.m. and found a woman with what appeared to be blood on her upper body, the release states.

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The woman, who was near an entrance, told police that her grandson was in apartment 4B and that he was seriously injured, the release said.

Troopers went to the apartment and found a man on the floor just inside a doorway, the release states. Although the man suffered stab wounds, Cpl. T.C. Kearns said Sunday afternoon that he was not sure where the man was injured. Kearns said he believes the man, who was in critical condition Sunday, was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg then transferred to another facility.

The stab wounds which the man's grandmother suffered did not appear to be life-threatening, Kearns said.

The male victim said the altercation was because of a woman, police said.

No one else was in the apartment and it appeared a suspect fled out a sliding glass door and onto a balcony, the release states.

It is the second time since September that state police have been called to the apartment complex for an attack on an individual.

On Sept. 11, state police responded to the apartments after they were told two or three shots were fired at someone. When troopers arrived, there was a large amount of blood at the entrance to Building 245, police said.

Troopers followed a trail of blood to an apartment on the first floor of the building, police said. Troopers knocked on the door to the apartment but no one answered, said police, who noted that troopers could hear people inside.

Troopers gained entry into the apartment but everyone had fled out a rear entrance, police said.

Troopers were able to obtain statements from witnesses outside, but the statements conflicted with each other and the witnesses were not cooperative, police said.

Police said they have been unable to determine who was injured or who the assailant was in that incident.

Roberts Gardens is one of three apartment buildings on the property behind Berkeley Plaza. The other two buildings are Joshua Gardens Apartments and Berkeley Gardens apartments.

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