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Bail raised for Boonsboro man accused of stabbing three

Norman Eugene Lyles Jr. faces numerous charges in Noland Drive incident

September 20, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown Police Department officers talk Thursday night at the scene of a stabbing at Court 3 of Noland Village.
By Dave McMillion, Staff Writer

A Washington County District Court judge this week raised  bail from $500,000 to $750,000 for a Boonsboro man accused of stabbing three people in Hagerstown last week.

City police charged Norman Eugene Lyles Jr., 25, of 21405 Ruble Road with three counts each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, as well as one count of reckless endangerment, in the Thursday incident at 1032 D. Noland Drive.

District Judge Mark D. Thomas presided over Lyles' bond review hearing Monday.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday police responded to Noland Drive for a report of a stabbing and found three people — Jeremiah Thomas, Lechelle Maiden and Nikia Hall — had been stabbed by a man named Norman, according to the statement of probable cause.

A police spokesman said after the incident that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, although the victims were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.

Witnesses told police that the man and a woman were in Noland Village looking for another woman, the charging documents said. The man and woman confronted Thomas and Hall in front of 1032 D Noland Drive, and Maiden was attacked by the man as she arrived at the address, the documents said.

Maiden yelled that she was being stabbed and her mother, Leticia West, came out of the house and tried to disarm the man, receiving minor cuts to her hands, the documents said.

The man and woman then fled on foot, although witnesses told police they saw a Ford Taurus speeding from the apartment complex after the stabbings, the documents said.

Hall, Maiden and West identified picked Norman Lyles from a photographic lineup, the documents said.

Hagerstown police and Maryland State Police went to Lyles' house, where they took him and a woman, Alexandria Spencer, into custody, the documents said. Maiden later also identified Spencer from a photo lineup as one of the alleged assailants, the documents said.

Spencer, 29, also of 21405 Ruble Road, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, according to court records.

Lyles was also charged Sept. 8 by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with second-degree assault and was released the next day from the county detention center, according to  charging documents.

Spencer was the victim in that case, in which he allegedly dragged her through mud after she accused him of infidelity, the documents said.

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