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Man charged in Hagerstown stabbing

November 13, 2009

A man wanted in a stabbing in Hagerstown on Friday was caught after a chase in the Myersville, Md., area, police said.

The man is accused of stabbing an acquaintance outside Russo's Rx pharmacy on North Cannon Avenue at about 5:20 p.m., Hagerstown Police Officer Jason Batistig said.

The acquaintance had just picked up a prescription for Oxycodone, a painkiller, Batistig said.

The man took the medicine and used a hunting knife to stab the acquaintance in the chest, causing a small puncture wound, Batistig said.

The man then got in a taxi and headed toward Frederick, Md., Batistig said.

Police learned the taxi was going east on Interstate 70 and alerted police in Frederick County, Batistig said.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Department happened to be at the Exxon gas station at the Myersville exit when the taxi showed up about 30 to 45 minutes later, Batistig said.

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Police there chased the man on foot and caught him, Batistig said.

Batistig declined to give the man's name until a sergeant reviewed the case, but said the man was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and armed robbery, among other counts.

The man who was stabbed was not seriously injured and was released from the hospital after he was examined, Batistig said.

-- Andrew Schotz

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