Hagerstown woman charged with stabbing man with rat-tail comb

Saundra Hewlett was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment

October 18, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
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A Hagerstown woman has been charged with stabbing a man in the back with a rat-tail comb Thursday morning inside an apartment building at 211 W. Franklin St.

Saundra Hewlett, 48, was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, Hagerstown Police Lt. Chad Woodring said.

“It was a domestic incident,” said Woodring, noting the wound didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

Woodring said 54-year-old Wayne Duvall was taken to Meritus Medical Center to have part of the comb removed from his back.

He said Duvall and Hewlett resided at the apartment building where the stabbing occurred.

Hewlett originally fled the scene, Woodring said, but turned herself in at the Hagerstown Police Department on Burhans Boulevard.

Shortly before noon, police and rescue workers used a stretcher to wheel Duvall from the apartment building to an awaiting ambulance. He was lying face-down on the stretcher with a large bandage on the lower part of his shirtless back.


The incident jammed traffic on West Franklin Street as vehicles slowed to catch a glimpse of the activity. A handful of people gathered on the sidewalk to watch.

Thursday’s stabbing occurred in the same building as a fatal stabbing last year.

In that incident, Darrell Hicks was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the stabbing death of his roommate, Darrin Pressman.

Pressman, 45, was found in the closet of his bedroom on June 3, 2011, although Hagerstown police have said they believed he was killed several days earlier.

A medical examiner testified at Hicks’ trial that Pressman had been stabbed six times and had 10 slashing wounds to his head, neck and torso.

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