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Warrants issued in Waynesboro stabbing

August 17, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Warrants have been issued for two men with alleged connections to Tuesday night's stabbing downtown.

Matthew R. Cordell was incarcerated on a probation violation, but Waynesboro police were still looking Thursday for Dante A. Williams of Catonsville, Md.

Police searched a local home where Williams, whose street name is "Ice," had been known to stay when in Pennsylvania.

"We don't know where he's been hanging his hat," Cpl. K. Wagaman said.

An assault victim identified Williams, 32, as did witnesses provided with a photo lineup, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

"He has a long rap sheet," Sgt. Mike Bock said, noting it includes past incidents of carrying a weapon and robbery.

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Family members of the stabbing victim, Joshua Fink, told police that his condition is improving at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, where he was flown that night, Bock said.

Police, in court documents, described Fink's injuries as life-threatening and said he had two stab wounds in his abdomen.

Fink, 26, of Waynesboro, swung to punch Williams, who stabbed him, according to the affidavit filed in Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham's office in Greencastle, Pa.

Williams already had punched Michael Hovis, 24, of Waynesboro, police said.

Hovis was treated at Waynesboro Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday morning.

Officer L. Lowman said two females flagged him down as he drove in a patrol car on West Main Street at about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday. They were kneeling over Hovis, who was lying on the sidewalk in front of 116 W. Main St., the officer said in court documents.

Fink staggered down Cleveland Avenue and collapsed in front of 206 W. Second St.

Cordell was parked a block away from the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and West Main Street in a white car, waiting for Williams, police said.

Witnesses told police that after the stabbing Williams ran toward the car and said, "Get me out of here," the affidavit stated.

Police found Cordell, 24, at his North Street home and jailed him in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail. Cordell was charged Thursday with criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Franklin County court records show that Cordell pleaded guilty to two thefts in 2004 and provided phony urine in 2005.

Information about Williams was being loaded into the National Crime Information Center database for use by law enforcement in and near Catonsville, Bock said.

Williams, of 1219 Camberwell Road, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and simple assault.

Police asked that anyone with information about Williams' whereabouts call them at 717-762-2131 or call 911.

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