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Hagerstown woman, 19, charged in stabbing at W. Franklin St. home

Victim suffered life-threatening wound to leg as a result of domestic dispute

October 23, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Renee Nicole Benjamin
Photo submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

It appears a man who was seriously stabbed in a dispute at 720 W. Franklin St., Tuesday morning had been in a relationship with a woman who was charged in the attack, a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman said.

Police said the man was stabbed in the upper left thigh as a result of a domestic dispute that escalated, although it is unclear what the argument was about, said Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd.

“He wasn’t in any condition to talk to us today,” Hurd said.

Hurd said the stab wound was a life-threatening situation because the knife had struck the man’s femoral artery in the leg.

The man successfully made it through surgery Tuesday afternoon at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, although he was still in critical condition after the surgery, according to Hurd and Lt. Tom Langston.

Renee Nicole Benjamin, 19, of 720 W. Franklin St., was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a deadly weapon during commission of a crime of violence in the stabbing just before 5 a.m., police said.

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Benjamin was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon, according to a jail spokeswoman.

Police have not released the name of the man who was stabbed.

The stabbing occurred inside Benjamin’s duplex and there were three other people in the home, Hurd said.

When police arrived, the victim was unconscious, police said.

Hurd said he did not know if the man would have to undergo any more surgeries.

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