Hagerstown teen charged as adult in stabbing

December 04, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Matthew David Smith
Matthew David Smith

A 17-year-old Hagerstown male has been charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of a man in Hagerstown’s West End on Saturday night due to a dispute about the teen’s girlfriend, Hagerstown Police said.

The name of the victim was not released by police, but he is a 23-year-old man who lives in an Arc of Washington County home in the 1000 block of Marshall Street, Sgt. Mark Renner said. Arc is an advocacy organization that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to its website.

The man was stabbed 19 times and had nonlife-threatening injuries, Renner said. He had superficial wounds to his back and abdomen, and was treated at and released from Meritus Medical Center, Renner said Sunday morning.

Matthew David Smith, 17, of the 300 block of North Locust Street, also was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary and third-degree burglary, police said.

Smith was being held Sunday without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Hagerstown Police responded to 1085 Marshall Street in Hagerstown’s West End at 10:45 p.m. Saturday for a reported assault, police said. That area is between Stratford Avenue and Vermont and Arlington avenues.

Renner said the suspect and victim knew each other, and the suspect allegedly thought the victim was having an inappropriate relationship with the suspect’s girlfriend. The suspect allegedly thought the victim was spending too much time with the suspect’s girlfriend, Renner said.

The victim was sitting on his porch when he saw the suspect coming with a large knife in his hand, and ran in the house and shut the door, Renner said.

The suspect allegedly pushed his way into the house and stabbed the victim, Renner said.

A short time after police were called to the crime scene, a juvenile suspect was found in the 400 block of South Potomac Street, police said. That area is between Locust Point — the intersection of South Potomac and Locust streets — and Memorial Boulevard.

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