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Man jailed on wounding charge in Berkeley County

November 04, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night after police said he admitted to cutting a man's throat with a kitchen knife early Sunday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Sidney Donovan Shaw, 33, of 52 Caplinger Drive in Martinsburg, was charged with one count of malicious wounding and one count of burglary by Martinsburg Police Department patrolman A.J. Garcia.

The attack apparently happened at 114 E. Race St., Apt. C, and the defendant's ex-girlfriend told police that she awoke to discover Shaw standing at the door to the bedroom where she and the victim were sleeping.

Police said Shaw told them that he went to a party the night before the attack and was unaware of how he returned home before he rode his bicycle to his ex-girlfriend's home armed with the knife,.

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Police said Shaw admitted to entering the home through an unlocked window, but was "unsure" why he cut the victim, Garcia said.

After the incident, police said Shaw told them he threw the knife into Tuscarora Creek near the East Burke Street bridge, Garcia said.

A knife with faint blood stains on it later was recovered from the creek by police and witnesses later said it was the weapon used, Garcia said.

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