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Maryland Ave Stabbing

December 2nd, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Early Sunday morning, 12/02/2012, shortly after midnight, the Cumberland Police responded to a Maryland Avenue residence for reports of a loud party. While Officers were on the scene, they observed a subject being helped in the parking lot of the 7-11 convenience store. The victim had a large amount of blood on his shirt, and when Officers contacted the subject and his friends, they learned that the 19 year old victim had been stabbed several times during an altercation.

            Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to assist with the investigation. The scene was processed for evidence by a Crime Scene Technician with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.

            Interviews with the victim and witnesses revealed that the victim had been at the party and he and several friends left the residence to return to the victim’s vehicle, which was parked in the vicinity of Park and Emily streets. After the victim and his friends got into their vehicle, another vehicle pulled in behind them. A subject known to the victim and his friends got out of the vehicle and confronted the victim. The two started fighting at which time two other subjects exited the suspect vehicle and joined in the attack on the victim. The three suspects produced knives and started stabbing the victim. One of the suspects also displayed a handgun during the attack. Apparently the arrival of the Cumberland Police alerted the suspects who jumped back in their vehicle and fled the scene. The victim’s friends then proceeded to assist him to the 7-11 where police first made contact with him.

            The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of four stab wounds, two in the back, one in the neck, and one in the arm. The wounds were determined to be non-life threatening, and the victim was treated and released.

            The one suspect who originally attacked the victim was identified as 21 year old Jamaal Anthony Linton, of Baltimore. Investigators learned that Linton had also responded to the WMRMC, but had left after being advised to check in. Later, Investigators were advised that Linton had entered the emergency room of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore for treatment of a laceration to the hand. The Baltimore City Police were contacted and responded to the hospital were Linton was placed under arrest. He is currently awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner and will be returned to Allegany County to face charges.

            The investigation is continuing by the Cumberland Police and C3I.

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January 25th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

On 01/24/2012 at approximately 7:25 p.m. Cumberland City Police officers were dispatched to the address of 947 Maryland Avenue in reference to a reported stabbing victim.  Upon arrival to the scene, officers located a male victim inside an apartment which had a stab wound on his leg.  Cumberland Fire Department Ambulance arrived on the scene and transported the victim to WMRMC for treatment.  Cumberland Police officers and C3I Investigators secured the crime scene and interviewed witnesses who were at the scene and in the adjoining apartments.  The investigation lead to the arrest and charging of Karen Yvette Towson, 53 YOA for the following:

1 count Attempted Second Degree Murder

1 count First Degree Assault

1 count Second Degree Assault

1 count Reckless Endangerment

1 count Obstructing and Hindering

Towson was taken to the Allegany County District Court for a bond hearing and held on a $100,000 bond.  Towson was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center to await a bond review.


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