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Hagerstown man charged in stabbing

wound required nearly 50 stitches to close

November 25, 2011
  • Dwayne Joseph Artis
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Hagerstown police have released the name of a man who was stabbed in the neck Thursday afternoon in a downtown apartment.

Christian George Dinkins, 29, of no fixed address, was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown to be treated for an open neck wound that required about 50 stitches to close, police Capt. Mark Holtzman said.

Holtzman said Friday that Dinkins was still a patient at the hospital, but that he did not know his condition.

Meritus Medical Center no longer provides patient conditions to the media.

A Hagerstown man who surrendered to police shortly after the incident was reported has been charged with the stabbing.

Dwayne Joseph Artis, 40, of 201 E. Washington St., Apt. B, was charged with one count each of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon with intent to injure, according to a news release from police.

Artis was being held without bond Friday in the Washington County Detention Center.

Police said they were called at 4:12 p.m. Thursday to respond to an assault at 201 E. Washington St., which is a few blocks from Public Square. When officers arrived, they discovered that a man had been stabbed near the residence.

Officers said an investigation showed that the stabbing occurred in Artis’ apartment.

— Dan Dearth

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