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Hagerstown man charged in stabbing

September 22, 2009

A 34-year-old Hagerstown man was charged with attempted first-degree and attempted second-degree murder after another Hagerstown man was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso Tuesday night in a downtown alley to the rear of 25 W. Church St., according to Hagerstown Police.

Jason Scott Marquart was found in the area of the stabbing and was taken into custody, the release said. Marquart was being held at Hagerstown Police headquarters Tuesday night awaiting an appearance before a Washington County District Court commissioner, Sgt. David Long said.

City police responded to Hays Alley between the Market House building and the former YMCA and found Jesse Lee Spangler, 26, lying in some bushes with stab wounds, according to a press release.

Spangler was taken to Washington County Hospital with life-threatening wounds and was being taken to surgery Tuesday night, the release stated.

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Long said he did not know how many times Spangler was stabbed in the 6:40 p.m. attack, but some of the stab wounds were to his chest.

A motive for the stabbing was unclear, Long said.

Police believed the stabbing was reported by someone who witnessed it, Long said.

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