Hagerstown man charged with assault in stabbing

January 04, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A 37-year-old Hagerstown man was ordered to remain held without bond Wednesday on charges he stabbed another man in the chest and back at a North Potomac Street apartment Tuesday night.

Christopher Lee Hawkins, of 1025 Main Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the stabbing at 49 N. Potomac St., Apt 4.

According to charging documents, Bassey Edet Asuquo, 31, was stabbed in the chest and back with a kitchen knife and sustained a cut to his face in the attack at his apartment, which was reported at 8:55 p.m.

He sustained a collapsed left lung in the attack, charging documents state. A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Asuquo was in good condition at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.


Police allege in charging documents that Hawkins stabbed Asuquo over $100 that Hawkins allegedly stole from one of Asuquo's female friends.

When Asuquo confronted Hawkins about the stolen money, Hawkins "snapped and went wild," according to a statement from Asuquo in charging documents.

During a bond review hearing Wednesday in Washington County District Court, District Judge Mark D. Thomas ordered that Hawkins remain held without bond on the charges.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes told Thomas, "This could have been a murder case, but luckily it was not."

Hawkins appeared in court Wednesday via closed circuit television from the Washington County Detention Center. Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, Hawkins fidgeted, rubbed his hands over his face and frequently turned his face away from the camera while he spoke to Thomas.

Hawkins told Thomas that he has been in "H-town" for one year.

"I came here to change my life," he said.

Rozes listed a lengthy rap sheet for Hawkins dating to 1987, including several drug charges and robbery charges.

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