Bond for a Boonsboro man accused of attempted first-degree murder in a Saturday night stabbing remained at $700,000 Monday after a bail hearing in Washington County District Court.
“Go ahead and slam me,” Daniel Edward Romano, 22, of 8414 Tusings Way, told District Judge R. Noel Spence when asked if he could cite any reasons why Spence should reduce the bail set by a District Court commissioner.
“You’re just here to tell me I’m guilty and slam me with bond,” Romano told Spence.
The bond review was conducted by closed-circuit television between district court and the county detention center.
Romano was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon with intent to cause injury, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown Police.
Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Carranza told Spence that Romano has a previous conviction for second-degree assault and four pending cases, including two separate incidents of alleged second-degree assault.
Romano arrived at the parking lot of the South End Shopping Center in a vehicle driven by another man, the charging document said. The driver heard yelling between Romano and a person who claimed to be a Navy SEAL with hands that are “lethal weapons,’” the document alleged.
The driver saw Romano swing at the man, later identified as Aaron Jackson Putnam, and saw Romano holding a knife, the charging document said.
Police were dispatched to the incident at 9:43 p.m. and Putnam was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound to his back, as well as a broken nose, cuts to his lower lip, scrapes and bruises, the charging document said.
Putnam, who told police he was on leave from the Navy, was in a vehicle next to the one in which Romano arrived and told police the argument started with him telling Romano “not to walk so close to their vehicle,” the charging document said. Putnam told police he was struck in the head and side, and that he saw Romano hold a knife, the document said.
Romano left the parking lot on foot and was found in the 17000 block of Virginia Avenue, the charging document said. Several witnesses identified him from a photo array, the document said.