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P.G. County man charged in Hagerstown stabbing

April 08, 2012
  • Brian Cornelius Driver
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A Hagerstown man was stabbed in the neck Saturday night after an argument with another man who had been talking to his wife, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Stewart Heckman said Sunday.

The 54-year-old Hagerstown man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Meritus Medical Center on Saturday night for treatment and has since been released, Heckman said Sunday afternoon.

Brian Cornelius Driver, 34, of 3908 Coach Lane in Suitland, Md., in Prince George’s County, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and first- and second-degree assault, according to a police news release.

Heckman said two men and a woman were on Harmon Avenue, an alley between Church and Bethel streets off Jonathan Street, on Saturday night. People sometimes hang out in that area, which is near a liquor store, Heckman said.

The men got in an argument after the husband took offense to Driver talking to his wife, Heckman said.

The husband was stabbed in the neck with a short knife, like a pocketknife, according to Heckman, who said the injury was not life-threatening.

When police arrived at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Driver had  left on foot, but he was found a short time later one block away, police said.

Driver, who had a cut on his face, was treated and released from Meritus Medical Center, Heckman said.

Driver was being heldon $500,000 bond Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center.

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— Julie E. Greene

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