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Hagerstown man charged in Frederick, Md., stabbing

September 26, 2011

A Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses after he allegedly stabbed his estranged wife and stabbed her friend multiple times in the torso Sunday morning in the parking lot of a restaurant in Frederick, Md., according to Maryland State Police.

Avarice G. Holman, 41, is also charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and one count of malicious destruction of property, state police said in a news release.

Holman was being held without bond in the Frederick County Detention Center, state police said in the release Monday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, troopers from the Frederick barrack were sent to a restaurant parking lot in the 5300 block of Buckeystown Pike for a report of a stabbing, the release said.

An investigation at the scene and through additional interviews by investigators from the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation revealed that Holman accosted his estranged wife, Jeaneen Holman, 41, of Hagerstown, and her friend Duntel W. Watts, 41, of Frederick, the release said.

Watts was stabbed multiple times in the front and back torso, state police said.

State police believe Jeaneen Holman intervened in an attempt to stop the attack and was cut on her forearm, the release said.

Witnesses said Avarice Holman used the knife to stab through the front windshield of Watts’ vehicle before fleeing, the release said.

Watts was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle and Jeaneen Holman was taken to the hospital by ambulance, the release said.

Watts was transferred to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and was listed in critical but stable condition Monday afternoon, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Jeaneen Holman was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, police said.  

While investigating the crime scene, troopers obtained Avarice Holman’s address and forwarded it to state police in Hagerstown, the release said.  

State troopers were waiting at Avarice’s home when he arrived, the release said. Avarice was arrested and taken to Frederick County, where he was charged, state police said.      

The weapon used in the assaults has not been found, state police said.  
   

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