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Arlington, Va. stabbing suspect found in Washington County Free Library

December 14, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- A man who was wanted for a stabbing in Arlington, Va., and who stated that police would have to shoot him because he would not go willingly was found in the Washington County Free Library Monday afternoon, police said.

Michael Broadnax, 43, of 1142 N. Stuart St., Fairfax, Va., was apprehended in the library at 12:50 p.m. without incident, Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release.

Downtown uniformed police officers, with the help of library staff, identified Broadnax while he was sitting at a reading table, Kifer said.

A fugitive warrant was served on Broadnax and he was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting an extradition hearing, Kifer said.

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On Monday, Hagerstown Police learned that Broadnax was possibly in Hagerstown and that he stays in homeless shelters, Kifer said.

Police were also told that Broadnax sent an e-mail from a computer inside the Washington County Free Library on Dec. 8, Kifer said. It was in that e-mail that Broadnax said police would have to shoot him, Kifer said.

Hagerstown Police confirmed that Broadnax had been staying at the Union Rescue Mission on North Prospect Street under the name of Kabir Ghazzi Wali, Kifer said.

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