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MCI inmate stabbed

March 29, 2011

A 32-year-old inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown suffered several puncture wounds in an apparent assault, a prison official said Tuesday.

The incident was reported as a stabbing at the facility at about 1:43 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher.

The victim, who is serving five years on an assault conviction from Montgomery County, Md., suffered the wounds in what appeared to be a one-on-one assault, said Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli.

The victim apparently did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, but was taken to a hospital, according to Vernarelli and a 911 dispatcher. One of the punctures was in the chest, Vernarelli said.

Investigators are investigating the stabbing and have identified a possible suspect, Vernarelli said Tuesday night.

MCI-H is one of three state prisons in a cluster south of Hagerstown.

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