Man charged in stabbing found with bloody knife, court document says

April 09, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Brian Cornelius Driver
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HAGERSTOWN — Police found a knife with what appeared to be blood on the blade when they arrested a Prince George’s County man Saturday night after he allegedly stabbed a Hagerstown man, according to charging documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Brian Cornelius Driver, 34, of Suitland, Md., was being held Monday on $500,000 following a bond review hearing before District Judge Oliver J. Cejka Jr. by closed-circuit television from the county detention center. Driver is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, court records show.

Hagerstown Police were called to the 200 block of Jonathan Street at 8:43 p.m. Saturday for a report of a stabbing, the statement of probable cause said. Upon arrival, an officer saw a man leaving the scene through a yard on Church Street, the document said.

The officer drove to Berkson Avenue, where the man ran in front of the police cruiser, the charging document said. The officer drew his handgun, ordered the man to stop and he complied, the document said.

The officer found two folding knives on the man, one with blood on the blade, the charging document said. The man, who was identified as Driver, was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of a cut on his forehead, the document said.

Other city police officers found the victim, 54-year-old Larry Hamilton, no address given, with a stab wound to the left side of his neck, and he was taken to Meritus Medical Center, the charging document said.

Hamilton’s wife, Cynthia Pikett-Hamilton, told police the three had been on Harman Avenue earlier when Driver and her husband got into an argument, the charging document said. Larry Hamilton went into a residence and Driver asked Pikett-Hamilton for a hug, but she declined, the document said.

Hamilton came outside and told Driver not to approach his wife, at which time Driver pulled a knife and stabbed Hamilton, the document said.

Pikett-Hamilton told police she grabbed a beer bottle from a garbage can and struck Driver in the head, the charging document said.

Driver’s past criminal record includes two second-degree assault convictions in Prince George’s County, in 1997 and 2009, Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told Cejka.

Driver is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 1, Cejka said.

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