Hagerstown man charged in connection with stabbing his father-in-law

August 24, 2011

A Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted murder and other counts in the stabbing of his father-in-law Wednesday morning after an argument between the two escalated, according to Hagerstown police.

Officers first responded to 136 E. Irvin Avenue off Potomac Avenue at 9:36 a.m. for a report of stabbing, a police department news release said.

The victim, Frederick Wiebel, left the home and went to Meritus Medical Center, the release said.

Officers were told by witnesses that Wiebel and his son-in-law, Joshua Bassford, 22, of 136 E. Irvin Ave., had been in an argument, the release said.

After the argument escalated, Bassford got a knife and allegedly stabbed Wiebel in the chest, the release said.

Bassford attempted to flee out a window, but was unsuccessful and retreated in to the house. Officers set up a perimeter around the house and attempted to convince Bassford to come out of the house, the release said.

Bassford refused to come out but allowed a female and a small child in the house to leave, police said.

Bassford came out of the house about 20 minutes later and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing/carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, the release said.

Wiebel was a patient at Meritus Medical Center Wednesday afternoon but his condition was not listed, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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