Neighbors Rattled By Perry Hall Double Stabbing

Police responded to Hilltop Acres Road Thursday evening for a double stabbing.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m., Jan. 11)—Police charged the suspected stabber and both victims involved in the Hilltop Acres stabbing in Perry Hall on Jan. 3. None of the men is a local. Police say it was drug related - http://patch.com/A-1bqv


Jennifer Searles had just put her young son to bed Thursday evening when a police helicopter's spotlight began shining in her windows. She heard sirens and watched as police dogs searched the neighborhood.

"I desperately wanted to know what was going on but no one knocked on our door to tell us. I was just so freaked out," said Searles, a resident of Hilltop Acres Road. 

According to Baltimore County police, the Perry Hall neighborhood, lined with a mix of townhomes and single-family homes, was the scene of a brutal double stabbing and search.

At about 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 3, in the 5000 block of Hilltop Acres Road, two men, 19 and 20 years old, got into a fight with another unknown man. Both men were stabbed and ran toward Winding Way, where they called 911 and were transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, police announced Friday morning.

One of the victims had been released and the other remained at the hospital into Friday morning, the release stated. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton did not indicate where the victims were from or why they were in the area, citing the ongoing investigation.

As of Friday afternoon, the search for the suspect continued. He is described as a black male, between 18 and 25 years old, with a slim build and was wearing all dark clothing, Batton said. 

For Searles, the incident raised several concerns. 

"I know all of my neighbors. No one fitting the suspect description even lives around here. If this was some sort of drug deal, I want to know," she said. 

"We come out here every day to watch the school bus. There are numerous elementary school children who live on this block. It's very family friendly," she added.

Jennifer Mahon, another resident of Hilltop Acres Road, agreed that the incident seemed out of place in the quiet community. 

"As far as I know, it's a very safe neighborhood. I've been here about five to seven months and we've never had anything like this. My dogs usually let me know if anything is going on," she said.  

Tim January 06, 2013 at 07:35 PM
This one? No. Others? Absolutely. At one point we had a drug dealer (we are fairly certain) living on OUR block. It was called in at one point by a neighbor, and the Police found nothing. Good fortune for them, perhaps. Crime happens. It happened plenty before Patch sites were around to report everything the standard news media doesn't have time and resources too. Crime is happening LESS in our neighborhoods then in recent years past, on the whole. It doesn't take long to verify this (with the exception of drug specific crime). You'd never know it from the posters on here, though. It's all too easy to lose perspective. I just enjoy pointing out irrationality and hypocrisy in our society, since it's unfortunately riddled with it, and this forum is no different. Example: Leaving your doors unlocked at night - idiotic. Saying nothing is happening for 15 years, and then suggesting one event is not isolated, well that's just incorrect, and an oxymoron. I understand your sentiments though. One resorts to insults when they lack of a rational argument. Of course, this is something I am seldom in a position to need.
R. Crenshaw January 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Ed January 08, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Big part of why our car insurance rates keep going up are the yahoos that leave their cars running at 7-11, etc. I see it all the time. When they report it, they now have no car, but still have to pay for it.
DougW January 09, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I asked an insurance claims person if the insurance company would pay for a stolen car if they knew the keys were left in it and it was running. The answer was "Yes, we have to insure stupid also". And we wonder why our rates are so high. Yesterday, there were 6 (SIX) cars worth a total of close to $100,000 in front of the 7-11 I visited.
Emily Kimball January 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
UPDATE (3:45 p.m., Jan. 11)—Police charged the suspected stabber and both victims involved in the Hilltop Acres stabbing in Perry Hall on Jan. 3. None of the men is a local. Police say it was drug related. - http://patch.com/A-1bqv


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