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Hagerstown man charged with assault in stabbing incident at Washington Gardens

August 01, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Roy Dwight Winston Jr.
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Hagerstown police have charged a man with being involved in a stabbing that left another man critically injured early Wednesday at the Washington Gardens apartment complex off Security Road in Hagerstown.

Roy Dwight Winston Jr., 19, of West Washington Street in Hagerstown appeared for a bail-review hearing Thursday via a closed-circuit television between the Washington County Detention Center and Washington County District Court.

Judge R. Noel Spence reduced Winston’s bond from $100,000 to $75,000, despite a request from defense attorney Edward Button to release Winston on his own recognizance.

Winston has been charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

If convicted on all counts, Winston faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $7,500 in fines, the records said.

The man who was stabbed was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, where a spokeswoman said in an email Thursday that he was listed in critical condition.

Police responded at 12:38 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a stabbing at the Washington Gardens apartment complex in the 900 block of Security Road, according to the statement of charges.

When officers arrived, they discovered that a man had been taken to Meritus Medical Center.

An investigation determined that the victim — who is not being named for his protection — had been partying at the complex when he went into another apartment at 980A Security Road to ask a friend for cigarettes.

When the victim opened the door, he was confronted by Winston and other men in the apartment, the charging documents said.

The men started to fight, and the victim suffered two stab wounds to his rear left side, police said.

The victim was able to flee the apartment, and a friend found him and drove him the Meritus Medical Center, the documents said.

A witness alleged to police that she saw Winston pursuing the victim with a knife “like he was trying to get to the victim to stab him again,” the documents said.

An officer stopped Winston at the scene, but let him go because there was no evidence at the time linking him to the stabbing, police said in court documents.

At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, police interviewed the victim at the hospital.

The injured man said that as soon as he entered the apartment, he was challenged by Winston and a white male, who accused him of being a member of the Bloods street gang, the documents said.

The victim also told police that the men in the apartment used phrases that he associated with the Crips street gang.

The Bloods and Crips are bitter rivals among street gangs nationwide, law enforcement officials have said.

Court documents allege his assailant came up from behind the victim and put him in a choke-hold, while someone yelled “Get the knife.”

“When asked if he saw the knife used to stab him, (the victim) said he did not remember getting a look at it,” the documents said. “He also did not know for sure who inside the apartment actually stabbed him.”

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